Non-teaching assistant instructional designer working teaching staff and hope to add some skills to help in course building. I’ve taken a number of online courses. Some were well presented and a few were awful. I’m also an avid MOOC’er and am beginning to think the untamed MOOC format is fun but (for me) lacks purpose or identifiable goals. In theory, of course, I should be the brave little explorer and find purpose within my autonomous self. Except recent experience tells me that autonomy without some sort of context to apply it to is empty. An example is the advice to, “live for yourself” which is fine for someone concerned about being continually at the call of expectations not of their own making.
In-context autonomy means I live as an individual in a respectful state of exchange with others that in my cases includes dependencies and voluntary responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to work with others to build better courses. Another is to use some of the experience I’ve had online to help others, and myself explore open education.
Read a statement today on change in education. Something that felt obvious though unpracticed at a serious level by me: change isn’t coming from the top.