I am just completing my first MOOC (Massively Online Open Course) entitled “Crash Course in Creativity” offered by Tina Seelig at Stanford University. It’s been a pretty amazing experience taking a course with 15,000 others – probably about 5,000 active students in the process.
To me, I’ve had two great experiences:
- Taking a course on creativity. Although I’ve only been able to dedicate limited time to the course – and that’s allowable. I’ve come to realize that time and dedication to a project is necessary for maximum results. I think I’ve been able to think about creativity and also how to get others to think about it in a meaningful way. To me, that’s the big take away that makes me happy. I’m less happy realizing that if I had and/or made more time to participate in the course, I would certainly had a more robust experience. But isn’t that what I’ve written about on this blog for years? Creativity and problem finding take time. If you don’t dedicate the time to the creative process, you won’t come up with your best ideas. Incubation takes time and if you don’t make the time to do it, you won’t generate enough ideas for prioritized selection. I guess in that sense, it’s very self validating
- Taking a MOOC. There’s been a lot of buzz around open courses lately, and professionally, I’m glad I could experience the process. I really like the way the platform is flexible and the way the professor designed the learning challenges. I really want to figure out a way to engage Connecticut students from across the state in a MOOC environment. I have a few ideas about content and think there is incredible potential for breaking down barriers when students can be allowed to collaborate across school and district boundaries. Learning can truly be anywhere, anytime.