@jennymackness @francesbell thank you for asking me questions and providing me with suggestions that sharpen my ideas. Perhaps it is a good idea to elaborate a bit more about the goals, the phase of development and the way I understand CoP's and MOOCs, or want to understand them
First the group itself consists of members of councils. They are official advisors of the local and regional managers. But of course their first aim is to take care of the home for their family-members, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, etc. They get together only a few times a year and most of the time their conversation is nothing more then sharing information. The organisation would like them to ask more in-depth questions and act as a critical friend, also being able to think more strategically.
For me the MOOC gives the organisation the opportunity to start working on the connection between the members (the community), working on the domain itself, and interact about the practices. I expect the dialogues at first to be very factual. But the MOOC in that case service a couple of aims, getting people to become acquainted with the idea of sharing information and having a dialogue in the broader community then their own small group, sharing knowledge about their role, about the proces of consultation and about examples of how it could be working.
I can imagine that the MOOC can result in the start of different CoP's, but maybe I am too optimistic about that. The MOOC for me would not be an open one, but only open for the members of the participation councils of the specific organisation. Maybe I already start using the MOOC platform in servicing different CoP's?
Finally I don't know if you know Wengers latest book on learning in landscapes of practice? It provided me with a different and interesting perspective in which I think experts in the organisation I am working for could act as systems conveners.