"I do want to see it made easier for informal learning to be taken account of, and MOOCs do offer a low-cost way of delivering education. The issue remains though the quality of the learning experience, not the quality of the content and its academic rigor."
Comment: this is Tony Bates commenting on the American Council on Education's announcement that they are going to look into, in the ACE's words: "which MOOCs can be assessed for academic rigor leading to approval for academic credit" (see yesterday's Scoop on this). I would like to add that the business model underlying the xMOOCs (venture capital that one day will want its return on investment) ensures that MOOCers will never experience that quality. But then again, if it has become too expensive to provide that quality, that is, if we as a society don't want to spend less and less public money on education, we just get what we pay for. (I am referring to the increasing tuition cost, not just in the US, but even more so in the UK, and probably in the rest of the world too) (peter sloep, @pbsloep)