I’m doing a MOOC! I’m doing a MOOC! I’m doing a MOOC!
So Alastair is studying a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Do you care? Why is he telling the world? Well, actually this is the third MOOC he has started and the other two fizzled away. He just stopped doing the work and no-one noticed, no-one cared. It had been free to join so it was no big deal, he hadn’t lost anything.
Or had he?
Well if education is truly valuable (and a privilege to those with language skills, technology access and above all the time) then maybe he should have treated the opportunity with a little more respect than he did; he could have stuck it out or formulated a more coherent reason for not finishing than the limp and pathetic: ‘I got busy so never got round to it’ .
No-one really knew he started the last two MOOCs so no-one ever inquired if he finished or how he had benefited from his learning. This time the world may know!
Alastair’s ‘third time lucky- MOOC’ is provided by the Open University via Futurelearn and is and introduction to Eco Systems. So far so good I have to say. We have looked at two contrasting ecosystem definitions and accepted that a core feature of ecosystems is energy exchange.
This blog post may not in fact be read by anyone – but by placing it on the web – it may be read. It could even be read by people whom I respect. It could be read by people to whom I would be ashamed to admit failure.
If this man can go public about starting a MOOC, AND wear such a mad hat then he is surely asking for public scrutiny. His dress sense may be a lost cause, but if you see him – ask if her ever finished that MOOC on Eco systems!