Coursera is an interesting idea. It makes courses from many leading universities available to anyone who can access a computer. It will be interesting to see how this new form of education develops. Will it eventually be possible to fairly and accurately assess the learning achieved by those taking the courses? What about the practical skills associated with many areas of expertise? Who will it appeal to? (for example, personally, I take in information far more effectively by reading a book, as opposed to listening to someone talk).
There are other interesting questions which have arisen about MOOCs, for example, how Coursera courses are selected? So far only elite institutions have been invited to contribute courses (see a recent article here). How does this effect the content that is delivered?
*the other major MOOC being EdX