While the atmosphere around the open courses in the United States resembles the early stages of an oil boom, the reaction in Europe seems distinctly cautious. … Originally, the ideal [of MOOCs] was about widening access to elite courses, [but] can it still be about widening access when it’s increasingly about finding new business models and competitive advantage? … for other European universities, even well-established ones, the temptation to jump on the open-course bandwagon has been irresistible. … for some Europeans, the big online courses [i.e. MOOCs] represent a step back from the idealism of open courseware to the values of the marketplace.
Via Peter B. Sloep