Here is my response to a post on MOOC forum referred by Peter Sloep on Google Plus.
Hi Peter and Sandra,
Wouldn’t it be interesting to be the leader of the field before these MOOCs Forum? Most informal learning actually leads the formal learning and authority, as witnessed in the MOOCs. This is evidenced with the networked leadership of cMOOC (where we are all practising and theorizing, though we never need to agree on the pedagogy), then xMOOC, and then post-MOOCs are now emerging.
I could be pretty confident in predicting that these MOOCs are now under the minefield of Complexity, where best practice might be sought from expert advice, but emergent practice would likely be coming from the Cloud and Crowds (Wisdom of the Crowd), and Connective and Collective Intelligence of the Networks and Communities, not from single experts or gurus only, though they might still play an important role.
These Forums would again prove that having individual experts collaborating and cooperating in exploring and researching MOOCs is critically important. There could also be commoditization of research, publications, where monetization and “PhD”s massifization, and entrepreneurship research are rendered possible, through MOOC platforms and researches.
My prediction is: MOOC would soon change its direction and focus on research, when the current undergraduate MOOCs are saturated, and when learners, graduates and professors would like to conduct researches on more advanced topics in their field or cross domain collaborative researches with other researchers and institutions. This is where future research could be done in global networks, and expanded to include researchers from different fields.
This could be similar to the cMOOCs, where graduate education is based on, though such MOOCs have matured to become not only learning MOOCs, but learning and research MOOCs. I reckon that could be a hybrid of c and x MOOCs where new pedagogy would emerge.
Would that be the vision and mission of research universities too?
Research is still the golden minefield of all prestigious universities. I reckon all professors would value greatly in conducting continuing research, as this would lead to the creation of new knowledge and the production of budding scientists, scholars and researchers, and entrepreneurs.