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Jeff Haywood from the University of Edinburgh explains some of the thinking being their decision to join the Coursera MOOC juggernaut. "it isn't cheap for the typical university course to 'go MOOC'. On the other hand, no knowledge is free and as we wish to explore this space, we feel the return will be worthwhile to us, and to those who take our MOOCs." Paul Left picks up this thread, questioning the sustainability models for MOOCs. "Because they are unlikely to incorporate a high level of learner support and rigorous assessment, they will not be appropriate for all students in all contexts. They may used to provide a 'taster' as a marketing exercise, but this involves applying a business model which may not be appropriate."

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