The edcmooc still fills a bit like trying to get a drink from a fire hydrant, but there are simply so many people and so many posts to enter, all of us frantically trying to get paid attention to.
So far, the descriptions are
- “like sitting in a class with every student shouting and putting their hand up at once”
- “feels more like a massive multi-channel chatroom than a course. It’s more AOL than MIT>”
Those are pretty accurate. Folks have also noticed how the edcmooc seems like a meta-mooc, a comment on moocing in general.
That’s probably not a verb.
Today I added my $.02, agreeing with one person about a couple of literary dystopias (and utopias), and noticing that everyone wants to write about the same couple of films, except for the annoying folks like myself who try to one-up everyone with films or books no one has ever heard of. I also brought up computer games, a subject obviously near and dear to my own heart as I try to understand what the hell the Ancient is in a world obsessed with making the future happen as quickly as possible.
I’ve also followed the Twitter hashtag (#edcmooc for those playing at home), and that’s much more manageable thanks to the magic that is Tweetdeck. That conversation has been fun to follow, and some very smart folks are saying some very interesting things.
So, is this what moocs mostly involve? Figuring out what the best media is for being to digest a bit of the information?