"Ultimately, it is this experimental aspect that remains the defining feature of this generation of Moocs. But whether or not Moocs establish themselves as a viable concern, it is likely that academics will continue to experiment with new ways of reaching students eager to study online."
Comment:Times Higher Education came up with this introductory piece on MOOCs. It has been talking to some UK people who should have an informed opinion about this, such as Austin Tate, director of Edinburgh's Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute, who will teach the artificial intelligence planning course, and Martin Weller and Patrick McAndrew of the UK's Open University. They all point at the crucial but largely missing human support aspect of the current MOOCs.
As the quoted conclusions betray - academics will do what academics are good at, experiment a bit more - the article provides no deep insights, no novel ideas. Actually, it rather adds to the confusion by (deliberately?) glancing over the distinction between xMOOCs and cMOOCs. (peter sloep, @pbsloep)