I’ve been interested in MOOCs (massive online open courses) since I first read about the first Connectivist MOOC a couple years back.
As someone with a long-time interest in various forms of distributed and “social” learning, I am fascinated with the concept of MOOCs. But after looking into a few since then, I hesitated joining in for two reasons: 1) Huge time commitment and 2) A academic-learning orientation in both content and community.
Being an instructional designer in a fast-paced technology corporation, I’m short on time. And I tend to look for the practical and applicable more than philosophical and theoretical. At least that is/was my perception. Now, reading more into the intent of MOOCs in general, and especially the Change MOOC that starts this week, I’m learning that it is really up to each person to participate how they want, especially focusing on setting their own goals and building their own network.
Sooo……I decided to dive in and see what I can learn, create, discover, build. Short on time? I’ll do what I can. I don’t have to write essays. My posts might be messy, but hey – life is messy. It’s a conversation, not a competition. Not in the academic world? Who says we have to be? It will be interesting to find others who are seeking non-academic applications.
At any rate, here are my goals for #change11:
- Figure out what connectivism and MOOCs are about
- Explore how each can be applied in a training environment (as opposed to academic)
- Build a network of other corporate training professionals to share and learn with
- Do all three of these as deeply, passionately, openly and…..SUCCINCTLY as possible!