The FELTAG (Further Education Learning Technology Action Group) horizon scanning report looks at what the significant technology might be in the next 5 to 10 years in the vocational, education and training (VET) sector. MOOCs, social media, telepresence (remote working) and learning analytics all get a look in. It’s a good summary of the different technologies.
The FELTAG report is here.
If you’re interested in what it really takes to create a good quality MOOC (and some of the business models) then John Colchrane’s long article is totally worth the effort. Creating a MOOC that works and doesn’t have a huge dropout rate is a lot of hard work. Video is expensive to produce and to do it well you need a significant technical support. Assessment tools are limited and still not much more than online quizzes. The point is that creating the MOOC is more like writing a textbook and publishing - big upfront effort and then low marginal costs to add learners.