Coursera which is one of the first of the online education companies offering courses in this way had (according to the NY Times) a faster launch than either Facebook or Twitter! So, there is obviously an interest in the concept.
I’m trying to figure out how public libraries should react to MOOCs. I would say we are more SMOCs (somewhat massive open course) providers than MOOCs – but we are all operating in the same territory. As a starting point I’m going to make sure that the library’s customers know about MOOCs and what they can offer. I may also add links to some of the larger and most reputable MOOCs on our website. MOOCs seem too good to pass up!