My name is Sarah and I am a MOOCaholic
Only joking, well sort of.
This post has been brewing for a while and it’s been sparked off again by some discussions in our #rhizo14 Facebook group. I posted a link to one of Martin Weller’s blog posts and the comment that one of his graphs:
shows that if you get to 12+ weeks it’s probably just some bloke in a shack in Arkansas left
This amused me greatly, as we’re just going in to week 12 of this crazy roller coaster experience, and we’re still carrying on. Anyway, it’s got a few of us thinking about why we sign up for MOOCs and why we drop out from some and there’ll probably be some messy* writing about it at some point.
So – why do I sign up for MOOCs? Well, initially it was to find out about them and see how they were going to affect HE, and also to sneak a peek at the various platforms that were being used. I’d sign up, sniff around and probably not interact at all. And then suddenly, bang! I got hooked. I know who to blame. It’s that Dave and the gang. I’m loving being part of such an exuberant community, never knowing what we’ll be talking about next but knowing it will engage me.
So that’s why I do MOOCs. I do them because I love finding out new things and meeting new people, and MOOCS are a great way of doing that. It’s more about the Twitter hashtags and Facebook/G+ conversations for me than the courses themselves, but I’ve finished one other MOOC (FutureEd) since starting #rhizo14 so it is the content as well, to some extent.
Talk to you soon. 🙂
* “messy” is not a derogatory term in #rhizo14