Chaos in #clmooc


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?


4 thoughts on “Chaos in #clmooc

  1. We attempted to act as helpers in the FSLT13 and I think it partly worked–something I’ll blog eventually about. I think we’ve come to believe there are answers to everything and chaos is simply a state of disorganization waiting for the proper management theory to allow us to resolve it. Do you think MOOCs are a kind of salute to chaos as a fertile state of being that doesn’t need resolving–just needs to be experienced?

    I saw in your picture of walking around that there are yellow brick roads in Holland, only cobblestones. Does that mean the Dutch have no illusions of ever returning to Kansas?


  2. writes about this helpers in the FSLT13.
    Hi Scott, thanks for your comment. Like your writing ” Mooc as a salute to chaos ”
    M of MOOC is of Massive, the most important feature of a mooc is the p2p communication. Helpers could make this communication improve.

    I am at a loss on your question about Kansas, Does that mean the Dutch have no illusions of ever returning to Kansas?
    Do not know anything about the Dutch in Kansas. (I did a short research on internet, so now I know they are over there). Maybe a reader could explain this Dutch in Kansas thing?

  3. Thanks for the link to Heli’s blog, I missed the debriefing session and became busy with other things and haven’t kept up on FSLT. It interests me how we work out difficulties and learn even in crazy places where logic is non-linear and we have to develop our own sensibilities.

    Reference to Kansas comes from the Wizard of OZ fantasy story where the characters are “following the yellow brick road” back to Kansas where the lead character Dorothy came from. Maybe it is too American a reference? To make it more confusing, my favorite characters the evil flying monkeys, who were under the spell of the Wicked Witch of the West, refused to fly Dorothy because they had never been there and for that reason would never go there. I’ve always interpreted that to mean people who will follow orders (come under evil spells) are cowards–even if they have long tails and can fly. The Dutch, being brave, would probably go to Kansas, witch or no witch.

  4. Thanks for this mini-course American Literature. If sometimes a MOOC American literature will be published I could do that. Maybe #clmooc people will do this MOOC like A revisionist history of Contemporary and Classic American Literature: The Downes Principle (made with next time?

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