Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable online learning in institutions

Li Yuan, Stephen Powell, Bill Olivier, Chicago Daily Herald, Jan 22, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Three themes emerge from recent MOOC experiments, write the authors:

  • Openness – new approaches to online learning, including models for scalable provision that may generate revenues, and promote open learning
  • Revenue models – different revenue models taking the established ideas from technology start-ups
  • Service Disaggregation – experimentation with business models that include unbundling and re-bundling of courses and delivery related services.

There are some good tables in the document itself, including a nice distinction between xMOOC and cMOOC, different models of course provision, pedagogic dimensions, self-assessment, and emerging business models. (The preview tool said I had exceeded my bandwidth limit - I don't see why people use those user-hostile 'preview' tools). Direct link (20 page PDF).

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