I wish that more instructors cared about quality. Too many just go with the proprietary text (rarely an open text) with little consideration of the price to students. The cost to students is one aspect of quality. An important one in my opinion that is all too often ignored by instructors who choose them. There are a growing number of excellent quality controlled open texts. Instructors should keep their eyes open. Like proprietary texts some of the open texts lack quality. If that is, the case then do like Peter and pick another one, but don't just presume that the costly text is better. Quite often it isn't. Also, there are growing open online open alternatives to texts. At least check the open texts out before stiffing the students for a high priced text that may be unnecessary.
This post is mostly notes to be returned to.
Guardian reasonable today in the Education pages with a long text from Clay Shirky. I can't see actual news about FutureLearn but it may be connected with the decision to repeat this blog post from November
I have found a blog from Ian Bogost, mentioned as suggesting MOOCs are marketing for "elite schools" .
One thing strikes me from the comments