Henry Kissinger famously concluded that university politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
It is interesting to see how those politics are manifesting themselves now that the stakes are potentially so much higher.
I would suggest two major factors to be aware of in observing the ineluctable growth of MOOC:
1. The new, novel, and prospectively huge, source of revenue for higher education institutions (and individual instructors).
2. The existential threat to the centuries-old higher education models. #mooc