On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga <ezalvarenga@wikimedia.org> wrote:
I just read this article

* College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

I've been thinking about exactly this, and doing some preliminary planning with pair of Wikipedian educators. If done right, Wikipedia MOOCs could really move the 'active editor' needle and bring in a new generation of  'natural-born Wikipedians' for whom it hasn't been as easy to dive into Wikipedia as it was 5 years ago.

At this point, it seems like Coursera is the only MOOC platform that has the technology to do the sorts of peer evaluation that would be necessary for running a Wikipedia course with thousands of students; it has a number of humanities and arts classes, as well as open-ended technology classes, where all the grading is done by peers. I've taken one class that had peer grading, and it was--if not smooth--at least usable for peer evaluation.

Unfortunately, Coursera professors have to be at universities that are signed on with Coursera at the institutional level, which means that bureaucratic and political barriers will be in the way unless the professor is already at one of the participating universities.

If any professors on this list have a strong interest in doing a MOOC with a Wikipedia component, let me know.