An interesting experiment for any educator to consider. But it seems particularly relevant to MOOCs, as the instructors I worked with evaluated their students in pretty much the same way.
I also see connections to Garrison and Cleveland-Innes' "Facilitating Presence in Online Learning: Interaction is Not Enough," in which the authors take into consideration three different approaches to learning: deep, surface and achievement. Students who engage in achievement learning are motivated by external rewards, and any teacher can explain the pitfalls of that approach. Deep learning happens in a community of inquiry where there is structure, meaningful interaction and a strong teaching, cognitive and social presence. Cathy Davidson's system does away with achievement learning, so I wonder if she succeeded because instead she focused on creating a community of inquiry.
Now this is interesting...members of a subreddit are starting up an online teaching and learning community where anybody can teach or take a course, academic or otherwise. People can upvote courses. If someone wants to start a course but isn't sure anybody is interested they can find an appropriate subreddit and ask if there is anybody with expertise who is interested in teaching the class. They provide some very basic tools for communication purposes, and beyond that suggest additional third party tools.
P2PU and Creative Commons just launched the School of Open, which will offer self-paced and facilitated courses on openness in education. Course topics include Copyright 4 Educators (US and Australian versions), Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, and Writing Wikipedia Articles.
I see this as relevant to our current work on MOOCs (a statement to be taken with a grain of salt, because these days it seems I can't go more than ten minutes without thinking about MOOCs or talking about MOOCs or finding something else to read about MOOCs.)
It appears that P2PU focuses more on "open" than "massive," though a comparison with Coursera might be interesting. And of course openness and copyright are topics we must address as we try to figure out copyright and IP in a new teaching environment. And what is "open" exactly?
An upcoming MOOC on the intersection of digital culture, pop culture representations of technology and how we understand learning and literacy. Plus: a consideration of multimodal literacies. Sign me up!