Crack open most massive open online courses (MOOCs) today and you’ll typically find three things – MOOC course documents (syllabi, eTextbooks, calendars), interactive elements (discussions, wikis, assignments, quizzes), and video lectures.

[caption id="attachment_58207" align="alignleft" width="150"]video-tech-moocs Analysts predict that by 2016 lecture capture will become as ubiquitous as eMail on campuses.[/caption]

Video is critical, not only because it distinguishes MOOCs from earlier text-heavy open courseware initiatives, but also because the video lecture is the medium that allows MOOCs to bring a high fidelity in-class experience to massive audiences online.

Yet amid the MOOC hype cycle,...

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