x or c, what a mooc is depends on context to shape it. MOOC’s are described much as if they were a substitute for a course that delivers a “package” of content. The “x” version seems closest as a modified form of the traditional large lecture. But “c” has such an idea buried in it. Yet the MOOC’s, unlike the simplistic bricks to clicks of e-learning, are mostly “events” and not part of a MOOC “U”. In fact, it has been noted that many who participate have degrees and thus selectively pick what they find useful from MOOC’s. Thus design, purpose and value need to be recontextualized.
The problem goes back 1000 years to the idea of a university. That “idea” is changing/has changed both for those who attend and the institutions. MOOC’s need to be considered in the original and the shifting context or they need to be judged in form/function differently. Thus, the descriptions above of both the “x” and “c” MOOC’s and evaluations are incomplete.