My participation in the change11 MOOC has led me to start a MOOC of my own to model for my district what technology integration can be like. The change11 focus is so broad and there are so many participants, that I feel that I could spend every spare minute interacting with content until May 20th 2012 when it ends. This is the type of environment I want to bring to a smaller focus. My MOOC is about using Promethean (interactive whiteboard) tools to explore technology integration concepts. https://sites.google.com/a/weld8.org/promethean-mooc/
With such a specific focus, what is the critical mass? How many participants does it take to give all participants the ongoing learning environment I am trying to attain? It really depends on how many participants are consistently involved doesn’t it? Without self directed learners asking questions and providing feedback for other learners, I might as well just publish a series of training videos.
So far I have about 20 participants registered from a few countries to join us in this 10 week online collaboration. Part of me is happy that the number isn’t as large as the change11 MOOC since this is my first time facilitating such an event. My fear however is that I will not meet the critical mass needed. For those of you who have done this before, what advice or suggestions do you have for a first time MOOC coordinator?
I am also not opposed to sharing this mantle of responsibility if there are any Promethean experts out there that would like to co-facilitate these events and bring in their own districts and practices.
Some answers I found on my own:
I like this article because it focuses on the amount of interactions instead of the amount of participants: http://www.feverbee.com/2011/03/critical-mass-of-activity.html