It’s MOOC, Son; I Say, a MOOC

. . . not a mook which can be best described by stealing TVTtropes.org’s quote from Terry Prachett — a man who can best describe anything . . . but I digress . . . this is a mook:

They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to.

I’m taking a MOOC, a massively online open course (or maybe the ‘open’ comes second). I’m using Coursera; and the course I’ve chosen is Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, the thought of which should kill off any of my remaining math teachers left alive.

It’s been a rich and wonderful experience so far — learning math foundations with 20,000 people around the world. I’ll try to comment about it as I go. There have been no disadvantages yet, and I have benefitted greatly from the video lectures, which can be paused and replayed. AND, most especially, from the little quizzes embedded in the lectures to help track whether or not you’re attending to what the professor expects you to attend to.

Just as an interesting aside — indeed, a digression  there is a guy named David Hume in our class, and there is a guy in our class who randomly mentioned the philosopher David Hume in his profile. What are the chances? Maybe this class will help me figure out the chances. In a class of 20,000 people, maybe the chances are  pretty high.

Besides this MOOC, I recently took a live webinar  class to learn how to use a Content Management System for our website at Judea Reform. That was another wonderful learning experience for me because, while it was live and couldn’t be paused, I could mute my microphone and think out loud without bothering anyone else. Also, to pose a question, we could use a chat window, which meant I had to formulate my questions clearly, often answering my own questions in the process of clarifying them for the teacher.

Learning is so cool!

I’m sure that I’ll have more to say about the MOOC learning context, but for now,  I’ll just direct you to an article about it.

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4 thoughts on “It’s MOOC, Son; I Say, a MOOC

  1. Pingback: A Tale of Two Moocs: Serendipity, Synchronicity, and Simple Survival | But I Digress . . .

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