With a chance to reflect, I'm now thinking motivation might have been a better response thought I'm still not sure. Is it stimulus or center? Momentum or axis? Of course, the right answer may not be either choice.
I visualize a MOOC as non linear, messy, designed in a star pattern yet much more like a galaxy. What holds a galaxy together? A simple answer, gravitational force. Does this mean an instructor in a MOOC should be an "attractive force" holding all of the parts together?
Source: NASA Image Gallery