Wow, what an unfortunate train wreck: I signed up for the Coursera course "Fundamentals of Online Education" hoping to learn more about MOOCs, particularly models for non-machine-graded courses.
Well, it's started, and everyone is supposed to join a self-organized discussion group, only it seems that Coursera has no infrastructure for creating and joining groups. Instead the instructors are attempting to improvise using general-purpose tools. Two signup techniques (a Google spreadsheet and a discussion forum) have devolved into chaos already.
How could Coursera not have anticipated this need? If the people studying MOOCs can't self-organize on a massive scale, how do they expect students in other subjects to do so?
I really feel for both the instructors and students. I was on the fence about whether to commit to this course to begin with; this snafu makes it less likely. Best of luck to the survivors!https://www.coursera.org/course/foe