To MOOC or not to MOOC
Disillusion about MOOCs proliferates
I ask myself should I leave, or should I stay.
So what got my disillusionized? When I first heard via Twitter that two MOOCs, the OLDS MOOC and the MMC13 will start in January I was on fire. I was especially keen about the OLDS MOOC, because it is hosted by JISC, an organisation that I appreciated during my study with the OU, the MOOC has also roots to the OU and the topic
“Learning design for the 21st century curriculum”
raised my interest. 7 days later I am far less enthusiastic. The OLDS MOOC forums are quite overwhelming with hundreds of new post each day and plenty of new threads. I thought I am quite capable to deal with that flood of communication, and the forum are just one communication tool, next to Cloudworks and other social media tools like Twitter, but I was disabused. I tried a couple of days to connect with other person – I guess I did not try hard enough – and considering now how to proceed. The project ideas I read, that other people introduced in the dream bazaar, all seem so professional, motivating myself to come forward with an own project. I know it is a poor excuse, but I repeatedly asked myself if I should invest my time in other activities, e. g. trying how pearltrees work, a tool introduced for the #MMC13 or thinglink works. These tools, especially thinglink seem to have potential to be applied in my teaching. I already have a couple of ideas how I could use thinglink and I am looking forward to try it out.
Yet, a day has only 24 hours and I would need at least 12 hours more a day to catch up with all the great developments in elearning.
However, I will give the #MMC13 a try as it seems more manageable, time wise and regarding the number of participants. Well, let’s see how things develop.