I’m surprised at myself – I thought I would take to a MOOC like a duck to water. But I find myself resisting delving into the materials and taking the time to consider them.
And I wonder if this is a phenomenon of MOOCs – especially ones where there’s no stick (the threat of failing an exam, for example) or extrinsic motivator (I’ve spent cash on this so I have to do it). One thing’s for sure, when I find the time to look at the materials, it’s late at night and my brain can’t engage properly.
And so I find myself wondering if I am alone in this: am I the only one that – perhaps surprisingly – is finding this harder than I thought? There are 1000s enrolled, so I would think not.
But it is making me question the whole online learning experience – and perhaps this is good in itself. After all, there is a new culture of learning being created through technology and watching our reactions to how we learn is almost as important as the material itself.
Right, that’s it: walk to clear my head then catch up on week 1′s materials.