Saturday, January 05, 2013

My intro to MOOC's

I’m embarking on a journey without leaving my home office. I’m about to begin my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). I’ve signed up for E-Learning and Digital Cultures through Coursera ( and instructors teach the course from the University of Edinburgh.

Even though the course doesn’t begin until the end of January, I’ve been floored by the opportunities to connect with others in the class. Apparently there are over 30,000 signed up- from someone who works in Higher Education that truly is MASSIVE.

As an instructor in the process of developing an online degree at Tabor College Wichita, this course promises to help me find new ways of interacting with students as well as provide content and delivery methods that speak to people today. As an instructor who has taught pedagogy, I’m very interested in how the form and content of this course connects with adult learners.

I’m curious to know how many of the 30,000 actually participate and at what level(s). I know there are students signed up from around the globe and I wonder how issues of language will be resolved. I wonder how I will fit in and learn in this context.

Starting this course has already led to personal benefits. As a result of this course I’m now on Twitter and have restarted this blog. Two things on my “to do” list for a long time. The journey continues and I look forward to seeing where it leads.