This week marks the beginning of something I have wanted to take part in for quite a while: a MOOC. For those who don’t know, that term refers to a Massive Open Online Course.
After watching the orientation videos, I have two somewhat conflicting feelings. First, excitement over the opportunity to interact with so many leaders in the field of education. Second, a dread of being overwhelmed by the volume of material that will be generated. It is like swimming in the deep end of the pool for the first time. Even when you know it will be enjoyable, there is still the apprehension of diving in and getting used to the water. George Siemens used the term wayfinding to describe the coming disorientation.
Another image that comes to mind is drinking from a fire hose:
If you are interested, it is not too late to join in!