Yesterday, I learned about the MOOC, Introduction to Open Education course, per Jenny Connected (via Twitter) – #OpenEdMOOC. With most MOOCs that I have taken part in, I am more interested in what the participants of the MOOC have to say than I am in whether or not I achieve stated objectives. Clearly, the instructors have a following for a reason but I have often learned more from the concatenation of MOOCs than from any one-to-many, broadcast spray of information intended to inform a public audience.
Another thing that caught my attention was that this course – apparently about cMOOC principles – was being offered as an xMOOC.
Will the way the course is being delivered align with the learning objectives of the course?
I am also curious whether or not I will lose interest in the course like I am known to do when taking a MOOC of this kind. From the scant amount of information found in the syllabus, there is little in the way of essential questions that foster critical or creative thought that might help in this regard. Perhaps the idea is to allow critical inquiry to emerge over time, which is also an approach.
As always, I am more interested in the design and delivery of the course and how participants interact than anything else. The MOOC experience has always been a metaexperience for me, and one that invariably trickles over into my own teaching practice (for better or worse). Hopefully there is room for Wiley and Siemens (the course instructors) to share some insights along the way into how they chose to design and deliver the course in this way, and how MOOCs might live in both formal and informal educational contexts.