I started my first MOOC this semester, and I think I'm making the same progress as many others in the course--minimal. The MOOC--New Librarianship--covers a new way of looking at the profession as the needs of society are changing, and the videos I have viewed are at the very least, thought-provoking. While the course separates the content into four weeks, each week is divided into modules focusing on different topics, such as Knowledge Creation.
Unfortunately, my experience with the text, David Lankes' Atlas of New Librarianship (the professor wrote the text) has been sporadic. I'm wondering now if I should have signed up for the class that lasts the final three weeks of my semester in the MLIS program and a week after I graduate. It's rough.
But, I think my own struggles with time and effort in the class highlights a common issue with MOOCS on a fundamental level. When you have little invested in the class, do you make the time and put forth the effort required? It isn't the fault of the course, because the work is hardly difficult, but a psychological process in my head. At the very least, the videos and short views I have seen in the Discussion Board (last count: over 1200 posts) have ignited discussion with fellow classmaters and made me jot down notes of aspects I'd like to further explore.
Since I have two (TWO!) assignments left in my program, I'm hoping I can devote more time and effort into the course and at least lend more participation and voice to the conversation. I'm grateful for the experience (Thanks Syracuse!) , and I think it will inspire me to b e more active when I have--if I have--more time and energy in the future.
Recent MLIS graduate & lover of writing. This is a narrative of my first look into the librarian profession.