Based on what I have read about Coursera's attempt to come up with a peer-driven system for managing written assignments, I am intrigued to give it a try (Peter Struck here speaks about his experience in getting ready for the Coursera myth course which will happen in fall - I am a fan of his books and curious about whether Coursera will be able to harness the amazing enthusiasm that people have for the study of myth - it definitely fuels my online myth course; people like this stuff!).
Meanwhile, I left a comment on the Bonk page; here is my comment about the #bonkopen ... I feel bad not having anything good to say about it but, you know, I just don't have anything good to say... :-)
As someone who signed up for this course and abandoned it a couple weeks later, I am surprised that Professor Bonk compares it to a "summer workshop experience for college instructors." To me, it did not feel like a workshop at all. Professor Bonk's role in the course was to make the weekly broadcast and to give PDFs of book chapters to the Blackboard people to put online. As a result, it did not really feel much like a course at all, much less a workshop. It felt like a weekly TV show with a poorly designed discussion board attached to the show where people at random and in a not very productive way commented on the contents of the show. I was very disappointed by this MOOC, but I chalk it up to the fact that it was being run by people from Blackboard Course Sites who seemed to have no real learning plan in mind (watch-read-post, rinse and repeat  four times to get, ooooh, a badge); Professor Bonk was there to provide content but not really to guide the learning in any meaningful way. In addition, Blackboard Course Sites seemed remarkably unable to handle the large number of people who signed up - after wrestling with the thing for two weeks, I cannot imagine a worse learning platform for a MOOC than Blackboard. So, I will certainly be trying another MOOC in the future - hopefully one in which both the learning design and the course software will positively promote substantive content creation and sharing among the participants (i.e. something more than watching video and posting at a discussion board). As a way for Professor Bonk to get his ideas out to a large audience, it was effective I guess (he seems to think so) - but as a learning experience for the students, I really did not see that it was very successful at all.
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