Our discussion has just begun and I’m already feeling more immersed — and just a bit battered — by the world of MOOCs. The EdX course I wanted to take is announced as beginning “Spring 2013,” but I note other courses have fixed dates assigned already. When will the course actually start? I don’t know yet, and I have found traces of fruitless inquiries on the net. Does this mean I’ll need to check every day or will they notify me when my course begins? This is an unsettling way to begin a course.
Further on the battered side, this unsettling start is NOT as strange as that encountered by participants in a recent (failed) Coursera course on how to design MOOCs. This was highlighted by Slate here a few days ago in an article called “Online Class on How To Teach Online Classes Goes Laughably Awry.” More first person details are here.
This shows another aspect of the wonders of teaching in front of 40,000 students….