But let’s start by doing away with the “lone genius myth” of MOOCs. Thrun, Udacity, Coursera, and Stanford did not invent MOOCs. They did run them on a much larger scale than we have done with our MOOCs. They had better PR connections and better funding. Our own MOOCs, in turn, borrowed heavily from online learning research, our work with networked learning, and the experiences of conferences and online courses that are at least 20 years old. In academia, there is a desire for attribution, an acknowledgement of the origin of ideas. In this regard, NYTimes fails at basic literature review. Most of this relates to my own ego, so it is largely inconsequential. Having the idea first is not the same as succeeding in commercializing and moving ideas into the public sphere. In regards to the ladder, Udacity and Coursera have been wonderfully capable.