I ask: Why aren’t there many MOOCs created and developed by individuals (outside institutions)? Could “we” DIO” (do it ourselves)? Interest? We have so many experts and leading professors and professionals here. Isn’t it wonderful to tap into our and your collective and connective wisdom?
I wonder the extent of “truth” with “MOOCs need the reputation of an institution” to attract participants. Salman Khan started off his venture with his only efforts, though he got support from others to form Khan Academy later, whilst Sebastian Thrun, Peter Norvig, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller all started off with Stanford Uni. George Siemens and Stephen Downes started off with Uni of Manitoba. The research question could be: How do people get attracted to MOOCs? Is it based on the reputation of professors or lecturers? Or the branding of the institutions or MOOCs? Or the content of MOOCs?
I have a few ideas about MOOC in mind. One that appeals most to our Community here, or a group of individuals who may have preferences on c or x MOOCs or a hybrid MOOC. A MOOC on MOOC would be challenging enough that even the best professors in the world might not have the answers straight away.
Other topics of interests:
1. The future of HE and MOOCs.
2. Assessment and Accreditation model of education based on MOOCs (c or x or hybrid, or a new MOOCs).
3. MOOCs and community creation and development – sustainability and research opportunities.
4. Participants views and experience in different MOOCs – and how these would shape MOOCs, institution and social communities – FB, twitter, and Google + etc.
5. Specific areas of interests – MOOCs in STEM, ARTS, Liberal Arts, Education and Philosophy – what sort of MOOCs would be needed?
6. Multi and cross disciplinary MOOCs that is relevant, innovative and creative, with multi-disciplinary experts and professors co-designing and creating with learners.
May I suggest to have a brainstorming of ideas here? I will include these into my blog post too.