I'm going to delete these MOOC blogs in a couple of weeks because they aren't interesting.
Gave up #EDCMOOC, but may browse the remaining two weeks of content, because:
- The induction was poor and the first week I was completely confused about what to do.
- The assessment was not made apparent until week 2, when it turned out to be "whatever you're having yourself" and to involve something which would be very time consuming to do well (a "digital artefact" with the examples produced by full time students in week 2, and I bet they took a good bit of time to create… They mainly involved recycling the confusion of the MOOC participants)
- The navigation remained unclear although they did add a page to try to help the confused. Why isn't it responsive to your progress? The design involved a great deal of scrolling and remembering.
- It didn't do what it said on the tin. It wasn't about ELEARNING and digital cultures, it was in fact about linguistic structuralism and ideas of humanism.
- There was far too much content and much of it was duplicated or same-y. There was too much video which is time consuming because you can't scan it like text to find out if it is worthwhile. Content needs to be more clearly signalled as crucial, core and optional.
- The time effort was way underestimated at 3-4 hours per week
- The forums were full of thousands of people making introductory comments. Hard to find the popular threads where any concrete points were being argued.
- Because I found the first week so confusing, which took a lot of time, I never got around to trying the study groups. They may be the answer.
- The introductory hangout was disastrous in signal to noise ratio.
- There was lots of confusing antonymic argument - black and white is never interesting.
One interesting point. Some MOOC proponents believe they are actually marketing tools for the institution's conventional courses. I had considered trying to find time/money to do the Edinburgh MSc based on some of the student work I've seen but definitely would not follow that option up now. I think that's a good thing, both for me and for Edinburgh!
One sad point. There was actually no content I saw other than Clay Shirky's piece, which I'd already read previously, that I have felt the need to bookmark or remember from this MOOC. http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/. Steve Fuller's TED talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmfrmYkFsBA was a great 15 minute summary of ideas on what it is to be human, but this isn't what I thought we were going to be learning about...
Would I have been better off just looking at TED talks with the time I spent on #edcmooc? Probably.