Week 3 – Title: Come in with a Positive Mindset
Reading Reflection On: “How to Participate In An Open Online Course”
First off this article has been such a relief in terms of having a better understanding of how to go about this course. For those who feel they don’t quite know what to do or where to start, this article can certainly put them to ease. The steps mentioned of how to participate in MOOC are critical and helpful. Step number seven states to “fix what’s missing” and that is what sticks out to me the most. I am fond of this step because although MOOC is a great new way to learn, there is always room to improve. In the long run, fixing what’s missing will pave a better path for future students.
With that said, what I believe is missing is having the proper mindset from the very beginning of the course. In my opinion, it’s important to not only understand how different this course is from the average course one would take, but it’s also important to come into the course with a positive mindset. Because this course can feel frustrating and overwhelming in the beginning, one can easily think negative. However, I believe articles such as “How to Participate In An Open Online Course” and YouTube videos such as “What is a MOOC?” (http://youtu.be/eW3gMGqcZQc) or video on how to “Change Negative Feelings! [and] Build Positive Thoughts!” (http://youtu.be/hwFgy7nC1Mg) can help to ease any frustration and helps one to roll up their sleeves and work in confidence especially since this is not a traditional way of learning.
Rather Random | How to participate in an open online course. (n.d.). Rather Random. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://gsiemens.tumblr.com/post/10153633521/how-to-participate-in-an-open-online-course