This post makes the point that high attrition in MOOCs matters not a whit. I left this comment: "I agree. I am signing up for MOOCs now as if "what do I have to lose?" I get what I can from them, but it doesn't matter (to anyone, as is pointed out here, apart from statisticians) whether I "complete" the course or not. The important thing is that for people who need to complete courses, the opportunities for that are skyrocketing (toward a freemium model). For those who want to learn what they can, or get their feet wet without taking the plunge, or just sample the waters, why wouldn't the 'attrition' rate be high? But then again 'attrition' implies that all those enrolled intended to see the course through to the bitter end to begin with, which is hardly likely to be the case."
This is an informative post because it gives a participant's impression of a Coursera course that was run as a cMOOC (usually, Coursera courses are xMOOCs). The moderators of ModPo knew how to pull 3500 participants into a community, many of whom remain networked.
This short post distills the relationship between connectivism and technology by reversing " thinking that technology is simply a value-neutral tool to meet learning objectives. However, within Connectivism, technology becomes embedded in the theory."