“While MOOCs are incorporating adaptive learning routines into their software, their ambitions for data mining go well beyond tutoring. Thrun says that we’ve only seen “the tip of the iceberg.” What particularly excites him and other computer scientists about free online classes is that thanks to their unprecedented scale, they can generate the immense quantities of data required for effective machine learning. ”
via Diigo http://www.technologyreview.com/featured-story/429376/the-crisis-in-higher-education/?a=f
Great. So all the things I do on the Coursera-site serve a higher purpose – learning the machine how we learn.