In every social relation where one person supports or helps or cures or teaches another person is a degree of dependency. The end of a supporting, curing or teaching relationship is difficult because this dependency has to change to independency, maturity, adulthood.
In a MOOC are mature adult independent learners. Self-supporting learners in a social structure of mutual and shared discussion and learning.
School and MOOC are on different ends of a continuum. And the difficulty is with the newbies who expect a course to be on the school end of the continuum and who discover they are in a ‘course’ on the MOOC-end of the continuum.
In my opinion it would not be fair to these newbies to change the MOOC into a course in the school-end of the continuum. For in the MOOC a new student could demonstrate to be an independent learner.
A question for thought: how come adult people in our society and culture cannot find their independent self-supporting way in a MOOC? Is school making the students too dependent? Or is our “culture of individual freedom” a fake, and are we only dependent and immature people?
How could we foster more independent and mature people? And why is this a paradox?