From a Clay Shirky comment on his post on xMOOCs:
The thing that seems to me to differentiate MOOCs from iTunes U and other ‘Access to the lecture’ platforms is the linking of the idea of a course that takes place at a certain time (including ending at a certain time), certification of the results, and, of course, massive scale.
I don’t think we’ve thought through the implications of this, namely that xMOOCs are relatively easy to make out of existing OER materials.
We continue to treat these platforms as if there is some super secret technology at work in them. In reality , it’s OCW in an LMS wrapper, serialized and made available to a large class. There’s some peer-grading involved, yes, but we were doing this stuff anyway.
You can go and reuse existing OCW and put together an xMOOC in a week, in a platform like Canvas.net or Class2Go. If I understand the Open Yale Courses license correctly, you can go get a bunch of OYC videos and string them together with quizzes and a short peer-reviewed paper and you are done. It’s the cohort that makes the difference, not the twiddly bits and the machine that goes “ping”.