Coursera is not a MOOC

Consider the hypothesis above and consider the facts below

massive open online course= Mooc

but coursera is not Open

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  1. You cannot share Coursera content on Youtube or any non Coursera- this effectively ties in people to the website
  2. The Website does not use any social login or OpenID
  3. There is enough evidence of cross selling including branding, selling books and now 50$ certificates
  4. There is more vigor to get easily monetization course curriculum than to get subjects that are relevant to society ( eg job training for laid off workers in rural USA or for farmers in Africa or for textile mill workers in Bangalidesh)
  5. No effort in localization and customization or translation despite multiple avenues for machine learning enabled translation APIs (cough cough Machine learning= ML)
  6. Prof ML insists on using Octave and not R. Everyone knows Sheldon Cooper is more cool than Howard Wolowitz, yet Prof  ML  will say – it is easy to prototype using the latter and not the former. Plus he does not really update his slides too much
  7. With a 5% pass rate you actually dont care about the (students) education as they are just (money) bricks in your (fire) wall
  8. Blog posts are shared but data on usage and engagement is not shared openly or through an API
  9. Lame efforts at open sourcing the platform
  10. Lamer efforts at keeping clutter off the course search page ( Hint- Dont use Ctrl + F)

All images sourced from http://boards.4chan.org/b/

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