Continuing on my analyst binge, I decided to try and figure how many TV series are produced a year.
As far as I can tell were about 150 network (ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, NBC) TV series produced in 2013. In addition there were about another 50 daytime TV series. Lets triple that for one offs, non network etc – so around 600 TV series are produced a year in the US.
So 600 TV series vs. 3,500,000 college courses (see the logic behind that number in my previous post).
The reason I compare the two is that producing a good MOOC is about like producing a simple TV show. So just looking at the numbers- there is no reason to expect that the US can produce more than 600 good MOOCs a year – the kind of MOOC that will have thousands or millions of viewers.
So if we want to capture the wealth and diversity of our current educational system – MOOCs aren’t the answer. MOOCs will be the network and syndicated versions of very few, highly produced lectures.