Am I smart enough to participate in a MOOC? – The discussion continues …
Posted Februar 23, 2012on:
As I was trying to answer the comments to my last post additional ideas emerged so I will summarize my answers to your comments in this post.
Apostolos K wrote: I generally try to do this (reflect) a week or two after a MOOC ends.
As the Change MOOC lasts so many weeks (I remember that I was happy about this long period during the first 12 or 15 weeks) I need some „time out“ for reflection. And I never could start to participate in a new MOOC parallel to the Change MOOC (in contrast to some of my Change MOOC fellows).
Of course I’m seduced by the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2012 MOOC, but I believe that for my real MOOC experience I should focus on one MOOC and not hop in and hop off. I try to convince my students as well that they should stick to one tool (e.g. twitter) and explore its potential for at least 2 months before they „hop on“ to the next nice tool.
George Siemens commented: I feel like I spend too much time taking in information and not enough time connecting it by spending time in reflection and critical thought.
It’s great to detect soul mates Often I’m convinced that I don’t use today’s technology sufficiently and if I would organise my tools in a better way or discover the „ultra-tool“ I would understand in greater detail what’s happening in the MOOC. As George doubtlessly is using more and more advanced tools and nevertheless struggles with similar problems I return to my starting point: that learning, understanding, sensemaking don’t depend that much on technical tools.
I like Doris Reeves-Lipscomb comment a lot and I got some interesting insights. An exerpt of her comment:
… that a MOOC participant must have considerable tacit knowledge and tech skills and personal time management tools in order to participate fully in a MOOC…. Can ‘ordinary’ people ever catch up? …. Since the facilitator doesn’t seem to intervene in a MOOC to help participants succeed …
Like Doris I’m moderating online learning groups for several years. Until now I prepared a password-protected room with materials, questions, and room for my participants to discuss and reflect and contribute based on a social-constructivistic approach. The max number of participants was 15 and in spite of my support there were dropouts, persons who couldn’t become active in the virtual room.
Currently I’m establishing a network in Google+ (no password-protected room, about 60 participants, every day there is a different number of participants) and my training approach is less supportive than in previous trainings. I offer tasks and materials, and aggregate their content on a website, but I nearly do not provide individual support. I have the „feeling“ that the training runs ok but I’m curios of the evaluation!
Jaap wrote: … your time for reflection and connecting to experiences was a subject of Geetha Narayanan session today.
Great! Just during my „time out“ the most important questions are discussed! I will try to catch up on the session with Geetha Narayanan during the weekend.