An article by Kevin Carey in the NYT addressing the MOOCs and some expectations (in the beginning) that they would revolutionize Higher Education, as an eventual replacement and/or threat. And the acknowledgement that:
«Free online courses won’t revolutionize education until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs.»
From my point of view I think that MOOCs are an opportunity to learn in a free way, engaging in themes that probably would never give origin to any formal enrolment in HE for job purposes, rather intrinsic motivation to learn for pleasure.
I believe that most people don’t engage in MOOCs for any sort of certification and even if some institutions are working on Badge Systems, I don’t particularly aim at badges, when I enroll. I’m much more interested in gathering an eportfolio with evidences of my participation in the different MOOCs for my own use and memory.
So I think that MOOCs are an excellent open access to good courses, resources, discussions, an opportunity for peer sharing and interaction with other peers’ viewpoints.
I believe in intrinsic motivation and less in extrinsic/carrot stimulus.