This post was published by me here, earlier this morning
The more we learn, the more we discover about the extent of our ignorance. This is an undeniable fact. Till the time one does not try something new, one has no idea how much he /she does NOT know about it, and yes, it is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Take the case of EDCMOOC, for example. Going by the post, many people come here with the notion of discovering what e-learning is all about, and the first thing they realize is that this course will not teach them anything about e-learning – a fact which is mentioned in the course introduction as well. The introduction also states that it is an invitation to view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular and digital culture. So many participants, like me, come on board out of sheer curiosity.
It is only when you are on board that you begin to ask yourself …
Hey ! What is this course really about ?
What ? No Lecture videos ?
What ? No Weekly quizzes ?
Are they serious ? I mean, do they really want us to get social and thrash out our ideas in the public spaces ?
How on earth can tweeting and using forums help me to learn ? They’ve got to be kidding.
You mean creating a blog is actually going to enlighten me on what digital cultures are all about ?
And if one answers those questions to oneself in all honesty, that’s when the extent of your ignorance begins to dawn on you. One begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to later discover that the light was always there, and it was the tunnel itself that was an illusion. Yes, that line is borrowed from an anonymous quote – it is not my original.
The more you experiment with the suggested methods, the more you will discover that it is a whole big world of EDCMOOC out there that is vibrant, lively and happening. There are people out there, interacting with each other at any given time of the day, and this is made possible because digital spaces have no time zones, no time restrictions, and someone somewhere in the world is making an important contribution, be it on the discussion forums, on twitter, or facebook, or elsewhere in this vast classroom known as the internet.
EDCMOOC is an experience. It is all about Connectivism and Social Learning. It is about discovering knowledge in the digital arena. It is about discovering yourself. It is much more than discovering about Utopias, Dystopias, Being Human and all the other terms that one discovers in this course. Connectivism is the driving force behind EDCMOOC, and what better example of Connectivism can I give you than this site itself – a creation of common ideas of people who “met” on EDCMOOC, stayed connected even when the last run of EDCMOOC was over. That is what EDCMOOC is capable of doing to you, if you allow yourself to be sucked into this journey of discovery. And trust me on this – if you let yourself be pulled in without resistance, you will discover vistas of knowledge and learning whose existence you were not even aware of before becoming a part of EDCMOOC. It will then be clear that it was always the tunnel of ignorance that was an illusion. And like me and the rest of the admins on EDCMOOC ROCKS, you will continue exploring on this journey of discovery of our own ignorance.