Ian Bogost has provided a great summary of the problems of MOOCs in the roundtable appearing in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Here are the bullet points, but go read the entire piece:

  1. MOOCs are a type of marketing
  2. MOOCs are a financial policy for higher education
  3. MOOCs are an academic labor policy
  4. MOOCs are speculative financial instruments
  5. MOOCs are an expression of Silicon Valley values
  6. MOOCs are a kind of entertainment media

Bogost’s thoughts are a nice counterpoint to the naive, overblown optimism that comes from some MOOC supporters who seem willing to accept them as inevitable, or even preferable.