"MOOCs are on the tip of everyone’s tongue here at the annual Educause meeting, presumably because of their scale and the technologies their recent champions have built to support that scale.
But in his opening keynote, Clay Shirky, an author and assistant professor at New York University, said the most provocative aspect of MOOCs is not their massiveness; it is their openness."
Comment: The article continues by examing the terms of service of Coursera, Udacity and edX, and 'discovers' that the materials used in MOOCs may only be used for informal learning. The moment they become part of "any tuition-based or for-credit certification or program for any college, university, or other academic institution", you need the express consent of the MOOC provider (quote from Coursera's license). Consequently, any talk about using MOOCs in developing countries of for 'flipping' classrooms should be prefaced by 'but see our terms of service' first. MOOCs, we should conclude and emphasize, are not open in the sense of open educational resources (OERs). (peter sloep, @pbsloep)