Everyone knows that retention is one of the major issues faced by MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courseware). One problem is that students don't know what they are getting themselves into until they are in the course. I know several people who sign up for a dozen courses, shop around, and then maybe take one, and maybe finish.
Clearly, if no one has yet come up with the equivalent of the online crowdsourced restaurant review site YELP! for MOOCs, the time has come. We need MOOCE: Massive Online Open Courseware Evaluations. We need "Rate My MOOC Professors." We need some way of having participants, or at least early registrants, not only evaluate the quality of the courses, the instructors, the technology interfaces, the assessment methods, the feedback, the social networking infrastructure, and the final certification process. And we need not just stars but some really clear-headed, mature, helpful feedback that will allow other students to pick and choose the best level, kind, method, and content--and, we hope, also help the companies and universities creating MOOCs to address the shortcomings, build on the strengths.
Anyone out there want to start a MOOCE? Just imagine how easy it would be to create an antlered, dewlapped logo for a MOOCE! Or, if you know of an existing, good, useful system, by all means let us know in the "Comments" section below.