There has been considerable publicity in the UK today for the announcement of the Open Universities plans for the launch of its Futurelearn free online courses.
These are pitched as competition for the much hyped US MOOC concept. My view is that it can all be summed up as
"Build it and they will come. But only twice, then it will be tumbleweed city as 98% never come back again."
Perhaps I shouldn't be so dismissive as that 2% could be a large number of people and more open access to learning is a good thing TM.
However the concept does seem to be based on brochureware at the moment and I had a heartsink moment when I read that the big cheese
"Simon Nelson was an early pioneer in taking media brands and content online"
This was before a career in management consultancy and phone sanitising. Does anyone have any solid information on this, or perhaps some wildly biased opinions?