One of the reasons I signed up for this MOOC was to gain first-hand experience with MOOCs. I sit on a faculty committee that was tasked with keeping up with the goings-on in the world of MOOCs, so I though I’d try my hand at one. I’ve signed up for others in the past, but I quickly fell behind and never really put forth the effort to get anything out of it.
I am making a commitment to this MOOC, and already, there are some differences that seem like they may keep me engaged. Having a “homeroom” and other “tribes” connects me to a smaller group of people. It’s easy to become disengaged in a group of 10,000+ students. I think the cap of 400 students overall is a motivator.If I don’t do anything with this course, I am taking up a “seat” of someone else who could have been here, which makes me feel obligated to participate. So I’ve got a handful of motivators to keep me going. I’ve also carved some time out of my work week to dedicate to the course, and I hope to check in for at least a few minutes daily. I’m already a bit behind, but hopefully not so far behind that I can’t catch up.
It is hard to know where to start with the course. There are so many things, and I can’t possibly engage with all of them. Tomorrow I will really dive into the content and attempt to come up with a plan for completing assignments and blogs. It all feels a bit overwhelming right now. I understand why so many people sign up for MOOCs and then never complete them. It is like being thrown in the deep end. (I do think the homeroom and the homeroom guide help…there is somewhere and someone to go to when lost!)