I just had the chance to attend a webinar about European MOOCs
Some information I grasped was about :
-the challenge to design MOOCs in scale: it is an issue to involve learners at the moment. If learners become creators in the materials they will probably be more motivated to participate in MOOCs and be more engaged.
The analogy that I could make here is that when you are the creator, when you own the material you might be more involved. It’s like the IKEA effect I was reading a year ago. When you are assembling the furniture of IKEA on your own you appreciate them more, you are the creator.
– Sharing what you are learning enables conversations. The challenge is to manage those converstations when in scale so that everyone can benefit. This may be handled by using social networking techniques.
Therefore, in the MOOC platforms , most ‘liked’ buttoms and most commented posts may trigger more discussion. This may be linked to the psychology of crowds and its dynamics that may prompt more discussion.