I liken MOOCs to the Chinese buffet that our family enjoys. There are dozens of various dishes, and many that I want to eat a lot of. So I developed a strategy. First I just get vegetables that are not fried or coated in sauces. Hot and sour soup is a must. Next is an eggroll and those dumpling things, etc…This way, at least I can try to claim some healthiness and I don’t feel like a glutton.
Of course, Chinese buffets are great for people watching! I live in the lard belt and there are a lot of very overweight people here in L.A. (lower Alabama) and South Mississippi. I see many people that have just one plate that is just piled with food. Sometimes the food is layered on top of other food! How can they eat all of that food? Don’t they know they can just eat a few things and then go back for something else? Some of them DO GO BACK and then I wonder how they move for the rest of the day and if they eat dinner.
I took to heart the orientation material from week 1 and decided what I wanted to get out of this course. At least I tentatively decided Now that we are in the throes of the course, I think that some things are becoming obvious. MOOCs are good for self-directed learners and people who are motivated and interested in the topics. I wish I could sample everything but I can’t put that much on my plate, so I won’t. If you see me and think I need to try something, just let me know and I’ll go check it out!