I state this in reflection of a trend of comments appearing in the discussion in the University of Edinburgh's MOOC, 'E-Learning and Digital Cultures' (#edcmooc). I suppose these comments are the manifestation of participants who now realise that the MOOC experience was not what they had expected.
They tend to follow the line of 'Where is the direction?', 'How am I supposed to know what to do?' or 'How can I connect with my classmates?'. The sheer volume of participants (40,000+ in the case of edcmooc) means the the MOOC experience is unlike any other learning environment I have come across. But that is okay. If learning is personal, you have to find your own space and place to learn in the crowd.
It seems to me that if volume of participants is overwhelming and instruction is light on direction, then as learners we have to find what we need and want from the course.
Going back to my initial statement, if the last step of learning is wholly personal, that no amount of instruction or guidance will make any difference to the learning if the individual does not make the committed decision to learn.
This is a new way of learning for all of the participants but I feel that with a commitment to personal learning, an ability to identify areas of interest to pursue and the confidence to find a personal space and voice for learning in the crowd, there is a definite benefit to be had from this MOOC.
Any thoughts? How are you finding the MOOC experience? I would love to hear your views.