If you haven’t read this post, you may wonder what Sebastian Thrun meant when he says:
“I feel like there’s a red pill and a blue pill,” he said. “And you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I’ve taken the red pill, and I’ve seen Wonderland.”
I had already experienced and seen that back in 2008 when I exclaimed here:
Then, there came the turbulence, power in between the pilots and passengers, when I have to fasten my seat belt. It was a bumpy ride, and luckily, I have got my gears ready, and so I was safe and sound. On one occasion, I took the breathing apparatus to keep alive. But after a few more roller coaster rides, the complexity and chaos theories, the jargons, metaphors on friction, pipes, etc. I managed to focus on my exploration. I finally understand where I am, and who I am talking to. And I soon got accustomed to the flight.
Once we have moved to the 9th week, we were safe. And here came the landing in Week 12. Safe and sound landing on the wonderland of connectivism.
I am wondering what comes next, when many have now experienced the wonderland.
Ryan seems to suggest that xMOOCs are better than cMOOCs here. I would try telling a story (narrative) in comparing the two.
What would be xMOOCs like? xMOOCs are like going to a theme park where you know what is inside the park. Every event is well organised, and shown on time, with measurable quality outcomes.
cMOOCs on the other hand is like visiting a wonderland where there is chaos, with the events all connected to each other, though you have to find out each of the event, by inquiring and exploring those events. The event could turn up to be one searching for
Keith used the bee and bee hive story to illustrates the cMOOCs.
Apparently, when bees want to move their hive, the scout bees fan out in all directions. Most of them find nothing, but a few find something, and through their connections, they channel the other bees into these promising pathways until finally the way to a new hive emerges. What starts as chaos (MOOCers will be familiar with this sense of early chaos in a MOOC) turns out to be a highly efficient way to create new meaning for the hive.
May be both are spots in the Wonderland, just that we are visiting the spots (platforms) with different exciting events and activities.
Both MOOCs could have “wonders” for us to play, and see, though soon, some wonders would turn into private ones, where you need to pay, in order to enjoy.
Presently, they are still FREE.