I came across an article from Slate today, The Death of MOOCs Has Been Greatly Exaggerated by Robert Wright. He wanted to share that his MOOC, titled Buddhism and Modern Psychology, is wrapping up successfully on Coursera. He then shared that he believes that the “impending death of MOOCs—massive open online courses—is greatly exaggerated.” There are many ways to look at this and I do agree… but it depends on how you look at it.
I am sure that Robert would agree that his students are most engaged because they are invested in the content, experiences, etc. MOOCs could be thought of as good books that we set aside and one day actually want to finish. Finishing could be based on the students terms, e.g., going through all of the content, completing all of the assignments, etc. Then even once in a while you get in a MOOC with thousands of others, interact with them, learn with them, and can have a blast of a month.