Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) are a hot topic in education. Basically, a MOOC is a specialized online course format that allows anyone to take the course--with no limit on attendance. About 160,000 students enrolled in one of the more famous MOOCs, an artificial intelligence course taught by Sebastian Thrun at Stanford.
Enthusiasts see MOOCs as revolutionizing learning and schooling, while critics have concerns about quality and low course completion rates.
To learn more about MOOCs, see the EDUCAUSE “Seven things you should know about MOOCs” article.