I enroll in MOOCs primarily to see what the state of the art is and to pick up ideas I can use in my own teaching. We teachers borrow from each other all the time. Chances are I found that assignment you did was found in another textbook, at a conference, or on some other teacher’s website.
Keith Devlin, a MOOC veteran who has run his Mathematical Thinking course three times, recently attended a conference on MOOC education and research. Kudos for recognizing that online education hasn’t been the domain of tier-one universities.
If you want to see the future of MOOCs, you need to hang around with the instructors in the lesser known, small universities and community colleges who, for many years, have been experimenting with online learning. Most of the leaders of that loosely knit band could be found in a large, cavernous room in Arlington for two days last week – along with key figures from such new-MOOC, Ivy League players as Stanford, MIT, and Georgia Tech.