Drinking an after diner coffee in a quiet summer evening, thinking of a comment I wrote.
Is it OK that much of the activity seems chaotic? I suspect you don’t mind, MOOC, since you thrive on decentralized activities but I wonder if some people are turned off by the way each Make Cycle unfolds in a flurry of activity? While we try to make clear that people can enter at any time, I wonder if that is the message newcomers get from the activity. MOOC, if you were to stumble upon yourself right now — in the third Make Cycle — what would you think? Would you feel invited to participate?
This question about chaos is interesting. I love chaos, choice and abundance. Do not know if people do fear or avoid chaos.
In real world chaos is normal mode, order is exception. (Order has always been forced upon people, in Europe we know about that from history)
Chaos is said to provoke creativity, so lets make chaos bloom. (I do not want to cite Mao tse Tung, for he was an order-by-force dictator)
On a computer screen a MOOC is not as chaotic as it is for someone who wants to get an overview. On a computer screen all is coming one by one, so the chaos is less.
All people participating in this and other moocs seem to cope with this chaos very well.
Maybe someone will ask in a survey when the mooc is over all participants some questions about chaos as a gift or as a danger.
(Part of this text was my comment on questions of Kevin
Feeling accepted and at home with people depends in my view on getting attention, connection, and comments on blogs, someone noticing you. Do you agree? It is like a fair, like the fair in our village now. A fair is chaotic, chaos and lots of people and things, but if people are kind you will enter the fair without worries.
I would feel invited in this clmooc as at least one person would make clear she did notice me participating. And I am very happy more did in fact. Did you make someone feel at home in this Mooc, and how did you?