It’s easier to get started in the second week. I’m starting to find my way around the interface a bit better. I’ve just sussed how to find the bookmarks I’ve made and that should be a big help, as I kept losing pages last week!
I’ve also got a rough idea of how much time all the component parts will take. I started this week by watching the assignment video, then checking out the workload plan. Now I can work back from these.
This week’s assignment task is to complete a survey, still using the case study from the week 1 assignment – this will allow them to collate info from all the thousands of MOOC participants and share it back with us. It’s an interesting idea and it makes good use of the “massive” aspect of the MOOC. I’m not sure about thousands of participants? Judging by the number of submissions in the discussion boards I’d say closer to hundreds?
There’s a mixed message from the T & Cs on the survey!
So it looks like an aspect of this MOOC is about collecting data for a research project. Is this another way in which MOOCs are not entirely ‘free’ in that your labour becomes part of someone’s research project?