Oooooh Mr. Kotter, engage me! Engage me!
I’ve really enjoyed week 11 in the #change11 mooc with two great live sessions faciltated by Jon Dron. In the back channel of the synchronous sessions, and in the handful of blog posts visible in The Daily this week, I am joining in the debate about engagement. Mostly, I have a prickly cactus feeling and I’m not sure what it’s all about.
Ok, so participation has dropped as usual in this stage of a mooc (by whatever measurable standards of visibility we have). Some participants are complaining about the lack of responses on blogs and FB, which feels a bit like Arnold Horshack to me.
Are Stephen, George, Dave and the guest speakers still expected to be the Mr. Kotters of the world, responsible for setting the lessons, deciding on the activities, putting us into rows, and calling on us when our hands are raised?
If people aren’t responding to me, I ask myself if I have established enough connective tissue to warrant a response. Did I make enough relevant noise to be heard within the chaos? Did I follow Jaap’s good advice about writing blog posts?
If I didn’t like the proposed activities, did I try to start one myself? And if I was the only ‘participant’ in the activity, what can I learn from that?
On today’s session, I posted on the whiteboard:
1. Why do ‘high’ levels of engagement matter?
2. And to whom do they matter?
And I’ll add a third question now:
3. Who decides what ‘high’ engagement is?
Everything I love about moocs (and I do *love* the ones I’ve been in), is that they are all about me. I am in the driver’s seat. I set the pace of participation, I decide what tools to use or not, I decide to make time for things or not. Me. My choices. There is nothing that engages me more than letting me be the boss of my own learning. I have a hard time understanding why I would need someone else to help me with that.
Please debate, critique, comment! 🙂
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