MOOCs – Hype or Trend?
Just recently I was asked to define the difference about a hype and a trend, refering among others to MOOCs. My initial thought was hypes are bigger, being asked to illustrate further I had to think a little closer to describe my initial thought in more detail. I started comparing a hype with a pandemic and a trend with an epidemic. I know it might be a strange comparison, but I cannot deny my healthcare profession 😉
Hypes are big, they grow fast – skyrocket, but they might be short-lived. It is comparable with soap-bubble that will burst. Yet, a hype might become a trend. Consequently a trend is longer lasting; it is more stable and might not burst as quickly as a hype.
Well, that is my personal interpretation, not sure whether you agree or disagree. However, it will be exciting to persist with MOOCs and see how they develop. Will MOOCs disappear from the NMC Horizon Report as quickly as it appeared or will MOOCs affect education in the long-term?