Getting Started

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!)

5 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. Avatar of Kyle JonesKyle Jones

    I’m so glad to hear that the Tribes and homerooms have helped you out. We studied a number of MOOC constructions, and we hypothesized that low retention rates were due to low feeling of sense of community. We instituted these two community features to help people get connected and stay connected.

    Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to improve your learning experience here at the MOOC.

  2. Avatar of Janice PainterJanice Painter

    Great point on the Homerooms and Tribes. ( I found @Karen in a tribe I just joined). I just reviewed the Badges section and it looks like a lot of thought went into how to earn them, beyond simple completion of activities that you would do as a matter of course if you participated in the course as it is designed. I’ll be interested in how many conversations sprout up in the various places that offer the opportunity to exchange ideas. M is for Massive, not just in terms of participation, but in terms of platform here.

  3. Avatar of Cath SheardCath Sheard

    Second try – I hit the back button and lost what I had written.
    I hope you find this MOOC experience better; I’m finding it really well organised and easy to get into. I’m hoping that by participating I’ll have fresh eyes on the service my staff and I provide.

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  5. Avatar of Christine HolmesChristine Holmes

    I completely agree with you. I took a MOOC through Coursera, and I didn’t feel the sense of “connectedness” that I already feel with the Library Mooc, thanks to the clever idea of being assigned a homeroom and joining tribes.


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