MOOCs are not a particularly new way to run a course, but they have been in the news quite a lot lately. There are many differences between these and COOCs, as my college president calls them (Classic Open Online Courses) — some of these are advantages, some disadvantages. Whatever the case, MOOCs have been in the literature lately. A few weeks ago, the Chronicle ran an article about how the MOOC momentum seems to be slowing down. Then, as I was perusing the Chronicle again this morning, I found that many large companies like Google are teaming up with Coursera, etc. This may change the game quite a bit.
What will the mean for online learning and how employers view these “micro-degrees?” Will these collaborations move MOOCs forward again? Are we on a road towards these courses eventually replacing traditional college programs? That’s an alarmist stance, I think, but for those of us involved in higher education, it is certainly something to think about.