The long tail of open learning – free online courses of any type, cMOOCs, xMOOCs – is the community that forms around each one. This has been my personal experience, and one we don’t usually hear discussed. The course may not ever be completed, but the people we virtually bump into often share common interests and become a part of our PLNs. In some cases we already know them from other virtual learning environments. Interests intersect, and we bump into others – nodes in our networks. This has been so valuable. This article is from DML Central.
“When I started collaborating with Mitchel Resnick and Natalie Rusk at the MIT Media Lab we set out to design and offer a somewhat different online course. It would be easy to say now that creating an online learning community was our intention from the start, but the truth is, we were a little surprised ourselves, surprised and excited. Learning Creative Learning, the online course we created, became a springboard for learning with family, friends, and colleagues and turned into an ongoing community.”