We are at the end of a rather intense MOOC week. About fifty learners officially signed up, and as much where active at the website. At the moment there are about 200 comments on the website, many of them from Thomas and me of course, but also many from the learners.
The MOOC environment
Each learning environment is confusing at the beginning. We all remember students straying around in the campus, searching for their classrooms. One could imagine that in an e-learning environment it’s easier to develop clear structures. Unfortunately it isn’t.
At the moment I am still a bit confused and need a lot of clicks to figure out which pages I have already worked through and which content I might have been missing so far.
The best way to deal with confusion is continuity. If you engage in the MOOC Camp day after day you will get used to how it works.
Openness of the learners
I’m happy that the learners in the MOOC camp are open to try something new and curios.
I am motivated to learn something new, and MOOC is a good opportunity to achieve it.
… for me this is a perfect environment for learning with professionals/experts from other fields reflecting on the same topic.
I am curious about to what extent a MOOC will be compatible to my needs.
… that the best learning platform is when there is a possibility to work internationally and globally connected with people.
It’s hard to already think in week one about the benefits of a learning experience. But reflecting your own goals at the beginning and keep them in mind is a good strategy for a successful learning process.
I am sure my network i.e. school environment will profit from my participation.
I like the strategy of the next comment a lot. Yes, you should experience the MOOC and engage to be able to use MOOCs in future!
I agree with Marc that we have to practice, comment and be active in responds in order to explore benefits for contribution.
About time in MOOC
Our MOOC Camp works mostly asynchronously. This means that you can visit the website whenever you want – it’s available for early birds and night owls as well. The video chat will take place at a certain time but it can be watched afterwards as well.
In an open learning environment you cannot be ‘late’. If you are working on topics of week 1 during week 2 that’s ok as well. You will only have to realize that the bulk of the other learners already moved to week 2 and that probably not many will read your post or react to it.
In a learning space for adult learners who are working as well, and have family, hobbies, …. it’s obvious that learners will not succeed to work on all materials, will not be active all the time. That’s life and it’s ok. It lies in the responsibility of learners to engage as much as needed.
I like this comment, it describes how we want the MOOC Camp to be.
My first impression of MOOC is that it is a very user friendly learning platform, with enough time to complete all of your assignments, no rush, no pressure, which is a very important segment for me.
Have a nice weekend, Jutta