I just finished evaluating some of the other students’ projects in E-Learning and Digital Cultures, so thought I’d go ahead and kick off one last discussion about the MOOC and to talk a little about the MOOC Debriefing Essay.
At first, I was going to post my own thoughts about the successes and shortcomings of the MOOC here, but then I decided that I’d let you guys offer your overall thoughts/assessments first. You can read more about my own thoughts on my blog later today or tomorrow. But as you wrap up your assessments of others and hear the results of how others assessed you, post a comment here. What did you think?
First, about #edcmooc itself: I am anxious to hear/read your responses to the assessment process and to the whole thing, not only because we are all in this experiment together and I am interested in your feedback as the professor for this class, but also because I am continuing some scholarly projects about MOOCs. I’m giving a talk next weekend in San Diego at the American Federation of Teachers convention, I’m on a panel about MOOCs at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (which is a one day conference before the CCCCs), and I suspect there might be some more writing in me about MOOCs.
Second, about the MOOC Debriefing Essay: As I wrote in that assignment:
Besides participating in the course, each of you will write a brief (1500 or so words) essay where you recap, debrief, and reflect on your experience. Since this MOOC is as new to me as it is to you, I’m not entirely sure what we’ll find there. But besides being earnest students trying to learn from the content of the course, we also will want to take on the role of “autoethnographer,” self-consciously noticing and reflecting on what participating in this MOOC shows us about learning and about online pedagogy.
So what I’m asking for here is a reflection not so much on the content of E-Learning and Digital Cultures but rather on the “learning experience” and what you think it means in terms of online pedagogy. I would encourage you to reflect back on some of the things we read earlier this semester about online teaching and MOOCs to help make connections and support your points/arguments, or to do some simple research on MOOCs– a simple Google search will return thousands of articles, believe me!