I've signed up for George Siemens and Stephen Downes massive online open course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge" which starts next week. I have a kind of meta-interest in it (as I suspect a lot of participants do), in that I'm not just interested in what the course is about, but also in how it works. So, as much as I am interested in the content, I'd have signed up if it was 'Shakespearean Tragedies' or 'George and Stephen play the banjo'.
So here's what I hope to find out over the coming months:
- To get a better appreciation of connectivism and particularly how people are applying it.
- To see how people participate in an open course
- To get a feel from George and Stephen as to how many people are doing the paid for version and whether this is a good business model (don't tell Stephen I said that)
- To see whether the absence of formal creditation for myself significantly reduces motivation (ie will I drop out?)
- How the distributed dialogue model works
It's great to see George and Stephen doing this. If we get some good research answers from it, who knows maybe it's a model for the OU in general?