I'm fascinated watching Keith Devlin twist and squirm a bit as he works his way through MOOCs, wavering slightly back-and-forth between optimism and uncertainty (or at least caution) about their future. His latest upbeat post, as he embarks on his second go-at-it (beginning March 4), is here:
Devlin notes that MOOCs are still very young, barely out of the starting gate (indeed he compares the effort to "running a marathon"), and that 'missteps' are to be expected. I totally agree, and find it remarkable that some folks already pan them as a failed experiment, or, as Keith writes, "Anyone who views such outcomes as failures has clearly never tried to do anything new and challenging, where you have to make up some of the rules as you go on."
My own ultimate optimism for MOOCs (long-term) stems from one simple reason… supply-and-demand (...it's worked well for
Anyway, here's wishing Keith great success with his second MOOC endeavor... and his 3rd, and 4th, and 5th and....
(Again, if any reader here is taking Keith's course, I'd love to hear reports back about how it goes).