MOOCs such as edX, Coursera, and Udacity have obviously caught the attention of the higher education world, In large part, the excitement has been generated by the participation in these ventures of many of the 800 pound gorillas of US research universities (e.g.Harvard, MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley). Suddenly, the highest elites of the US university world are plunging into online learning!
Consequently, one might be excused for looking askance at the recent headline in the Times Higher Education:
Open university launches British Mooc platform to rival US providers
Given that this MOOC (Futurelearn) does not include the 800 pound gorillas of the UK research university world such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College, how could Futurelearn have the weight to rival "our" MOOCs? **