Despite all evidence of how MOOCS might be overrated today, how could they actually improve education?
a- MOOCs could work as a platform for education that is technical, practical and
applied, in which academic rigor and expensive strict peer reviewing are perhaps not so important. Teaching how to give maintenance to an electric motor is probably different
than teaching a language. The pedagogical needs for quantum-computing surely differs from those in criminal law. In this sense, the context of application of these MOOCs should be also considered when trying to sort
out whether they could work or not.
b- The need to create and deliver on time high quality education in open platforms
should be used to distinguish good teachers from bad and good researchers
altogether. This would initiate either a requirement for good researchers/bad teachers
to learn how to teach in both normal and online platforms, or to diagnose the “real? –on
campus- situation” of universities, where crucial pedagogic skills are not to be found.