The main reason I finally started a blog is that I have enrolled in my first ever MOOC. What is that? Well a MOOC could be a lot of things. I used an acronym generator and it came up with “Morbid Oddity, Oblivious to Crapulence,” and a different one displayed “Maroon Oath Orgasm Counter.” Those are pretty good phrases, but in this case, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Essentially, it is an online course that is free and open to anyone. You can participate however you like. The purpose, as I understand it, from watching the videos of the course facilitators, is to build network connections from engaging with fellow participants. We are building our own knowledge base.
I watched Harvey Reingold’s interview of George Siemens and I was struck by several things. I like the notion of the learning experience continuing after the course is over. I am fortunate in that I work in a great learning environment and I am learning all of the time with my co-workers/fellow graduate students. Hopefully I will forge new connections with people from all over the world who are interested in education.
This will be the first time I have participated in a non linear course. I think it will be a good test. I have never thought of myself as a control freak but I do like to manage things. So here is a course that will have so much content that I won’t be able to consume it. I appreciate the warning from the course facilitators.
Mostly I like the idea of taking charge of my own learning. I think this is an important idea. I get to pick and choose what I want to get out of it. Maybe this is the ultimate control?
Lastly, I’m interested in connectivism as a learning theory. I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure as to its status. Is it a learning theory? Is it a knowledge management system? Is it a pedagogical approach? I’m sure I’ll gain new understanding on this and many other things. Here I go!