MOOCs: chaotic or chaordic?

Ami Erickson, one of the deans at Sheridan College, our local community college, recently participated in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about MOOCs.  Although Erickson is a teacher and administrator at a relatively traditional bricks-and-mortar institution, one of her personal goals is to “identify, promote, and encourage opportunities to help [her] team excel in a dynamic process of progress and growth.”

So when she got the chance to participate in the online class put on by Hybrid Pedagogy, a “digital journal of teaching and technology,” she jumped onboard.  Then she wrote about the experience in a piece that appears on her own blog and was recently published in our local newspaper, where I happened to see it.

Read Ami’s own post if you want the details.  But I think her experience with a MOOC may be quite common.  On her first day, she wrote, “My initial impression following the introductions and comments by the approx 300 participants is that this is pure chaos.”  “But maybe this chaos will organize . . .

And it did. Continue reading