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SPOCs (small private online courses)
Who's going to be introducing them, who's going to be profiting from them, and is it going to be the same technology winners as with MOOCs or is it going to be newbies (or a mix of the two)? SPOCs are obviously similar to online distance learning, but since they're more of a packaged concept across just one course (or two), are universities going to have to bother with the same kind of infrastructure, bespoke development, etc, or will they be able to buy off the shelf, and potentially even then use it to scale up to MOOCs, full-on distance learning in future? Since video and mobile apps are there in terms of content generation – you'll need to create new content that can compete, rather than just film some lectures as with distance learning – what value add can be achieved, how much of a cost is it all going to be, and so on?