Taking a stab at a #MOOC. Another one. Again! #GoogleMedia

Posted on May 23, 2014

As you can perhaps deduce from the title, my MOOC participation/completion in the past has been somewhat chequered. I’ve signed up to approx 8 MOOCs and have completed…. erm …… None!

Donald Clark would say that its not the ‘drop out’ rate that is important but that we should focus on the ‘drop in rate’ and what I can glean from the MOOC whilst I’m ‘dropping in’ – and I’d agree with Don.

But.

Of all the MOOCs I have signed up for, (with one exception) I have barely got past the first activity of the first week before I have thrown the towel in as a result of:

  • Mind-crushingly boring intro videos (one of which was almost an hour in length!)
  • Outdated models/thinking
  • The expectation that I’ll be poring through tomes of academic text (I’m sure the edufolk love it though)

So with this track history under my belt, it was not without some trepidation that I signed up to the Understanding Media by Understanding Google MOOC facilitated by Owen Youngman (Northwestern University) within Coursera.

Here’s one particular aspect that attracted me.

the class features several lecture videos per week, each of which is between 8 and 15 minutes in length

As for the ‘will I fare any better in this MOOC than in my previous attempts‘ question, I’ve added a few motivators into the equation: Firstly, I’ve put my hand in my pocket for the first time and signed up for a ‘Statement of Accomplishment’.

Not that I’m the sort of person who is hung up on certificates and “bits of paper”, but I’m genuinely interested in how the process will work, how MOOCs may be monetised and to be honest I’m a Yorkshireman, so the thought of spending £30 on potentially ‘nothing’ is a keen motivator!

I’ve also been touting MOOCs around my organisation (admittedly without much success) so I thought it prudent to actually complete one. I’m using this blog post as a way of announcing to the L&D team what I’m doing in the hope that they ‘hold me to account’ (Yeah, yeah I’m aware of the whole ‘personal responsibility’ thing, but that ship sailed a long time ago when it comes to MOOCs)!

I’m also using this post as way of asking any fellow #GoogleMedia participants if they would like to be my MOOC ‘buddy’, perhaps meeting up once a week to discuss the previous week via Skype or a Google Hangout? I know that Bianca Woods has had some success with this approach in the past and Sam and Martin from MOOC Pro also advocate this approach.

So if you are also participating in the #GoogleMedia MOOC and you’d like to try out this ‘buddy’ system, please get in touch via this site or via Twitter.

My plan is to blog my reflections and takeaways at the end of each week – of course I have to reach the end of Week 1 first……….

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5 Comments

  1. Awesome!  I’m also signed up for that course and am looking forward to it starting.  From past experience, holding yourself accountable through a blog definitely helps when the going gets tough (or boring!) and you want to quit.  I just finished a 5 week course where I was definitely not the smartest of the group.  So I blogged everything.  If I didn’t understand something, I researched and blogged it.  It might have been read, or it might not have been HOWEVER I gained something from it!  I’d be happy to be a study buddy – Google Hangouts work well for me!  See you in class!

    • Hi!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

      I’m not sure why, but your comment is not displaying on my site although I can see it in my admin panel – odd???

      Whereabouts are you located? (I’m thinking from a ‘co-ordinating timings of G+ Hangouts’ perspective)

  2. erandel5678 Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

    Whereabouts are you located? (I’m thinking from a ‘co-ordinating timings of G+ Hangouts’ perspective)

    Craig

  3. Hi Craig, I found your blog through a Google Alerts I have for “MOOCs”… I’m taking the Google Media class, too, so I’ll be checking in on your blog every now and then to see how you’re doing! It’s only just started, and I’m already behind, I took my first look at the readings today…  I’m based in Madrid, Spain, a bit far for meetups, unfortunately! I’m also taking CS50, from Harvard on edX, and “How to Change the World” from Wesleyan on Coursera, which starts in June (for the second time, the first time I signed up late, but it was amazing, I loved it…). Will I have time to finish them all? We’ll see!

    All the best,
    Noelle

  4. @Noelle Hi Noelle, thanks for taking the time to drop by my blog and comment in what seems like a hectic schedule for you!

    We’re just approaching the end of Week 1 and I’m still ‘hanging in there’, so you can expect to see a blog post recapping week 1 very soon.

    How are you finding the #GoogleMedia MOOC?

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