MOOC Lurking x2

I am going to try to kick start two new year’s resolutions in one with this post. 1) To do more writing, creating, doing this year instead of as much reading, absorbing, connecting and 2) to participate in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

I have selected two courses that I will lurk in to start and see if either or both take.  The first is called ds106.  It is a digital storytelling MOOC called Computer Science 106: Digital Storytelling that is being facilitiated by Jim Groom and others.  I have never taken a storytelling course, let alone a digital storytelling course and  I am very interested to see how this course is influence in general byt being part of a computer science department.  Class starts today (01/10/2011).  I plan on heading over to get started after this post.

The second MOOC is Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011 being facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes.  I have been following the work and writing of George Siemens for some time.  I was very upset to miss TEDxNYED last year where he spoke.  I am very much looking forward to participating in this course and better understanding how the concept of connectivism can/should be impacting my work.

Both courses, I believe, have been offered in the past so I should benefit from experiencing MOOCs designed and facilitated by experienced MOOC teachers.  I will be using this blog as a platform for participating in both MOOCs as well as posting my thoughts on these MOOCs and MOOCs in general.