I have been studiously avoiding MOOCs since the hype kicked in but am going to give the Mozilla #teachtheweb course a go and see if I can carve out a bit of time to get my practical web skills up to something less humiliating! You can learn about the course on the HiveNYC site or check out the G+ community. Here is my first ‘assignment’ – a quick Thimble powered profile page.
2 responses to “Mozilla MOOC”
Good spot! Might give this a go myself.
I’ve been experimenting with various forms of online learning (as you probably know, as I am aware that you are a big fan of my blog) and wonder if something more interesting than the MOOC approach might be some form of “pop-up” social online learning, where a group of people decide to spend a certain amount of time researching and sharing info about a certain topic for a set period of time using online tools. At the end, a google doc could be collaboratively written summarising all the findings.
What do you think?
I think the commitment overhead on all these things is the issue – in the kind of scenario you are suggesting I’d be worried I’d let down the other members of the ‘pop-up’ – whether that would be enough motivation to make me commit I don’t know. One of the things with MOOCs (which is a strength and a weakness) is that you can just drop in and out of them without it really effecting anyone else..