A long article about MOOCs by Audrey waters, an extensive cover of biggest MOOC platforms and financing involded and many links for other articles about MOOCs – http://hackeducation.com/2015/12/14/trends-moocs/
«So here are the promises I think most commonly invoked as part of the great MOOC hype: that MOOCs will democratize education, that MOOCs will be free, that MOOCs will decrease the cost of college, that MOOCs will improve universities’ brand (and enrollment). Three years after “the Year of the MOOC,” these all seem like unfulfilled promises.»
As a learner and having participated in 25 MOOCs so far I have a more positive perspective about the MOOC movement and still hope that the objectives of democratising education and open up access to higher education will be fulfilled. I’m not aiming at certification so all MOOCs were free of charge for me and I am very pleased with these learning experiences. Distance learning implies a great deal of autonomy and self discipline which suits me perfectly, it’s up to each learner to take the best of these open opportunities.