Industry professionals John Blossom and Michael Cairns offer their insights about the cloud, massive open online courses (MOOC), Big Data, open access, and the Internet of Things. Blossom said it's a cloud-eat-cloud world in content technologies, with major providers serving enterprise and consumer markets positioning their offerings to help people become more productive on whatever computing and networking platform is at hand. While there are many hardware technologies pushing these trends, the key technology is the ability of cloud computing services to absorb huge amounts of data and to infer patterns that benefit people in both strategic and personal ways. Cairns said MOOCs are here to stay. While some of the early hype may have dulled, the concept of the MOOC still appeals to students and many educators. Those who don't like them point to the lack of completion rates, the limited business model success and dismiss MOOCs as a fad that's had its day; however, the arguments in favor of the proliferation of the MOOC concept will ultimately win out.
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