Hello again! This will probably be my last “official” post for CMC11, the MOOC I’ve been participating in. However, I do rather plan to contribute, I just don’t promise it will all be strictly related to the course!
To my understanding, the overall idea of the CMC11 MOOC is to open you up to creativity and the idea that cookie-cutter solutions are not always the key, and I think it does a great job of this! You are encouraged to read what interests you pertaining to creativity and to find even more such information. The other side of this course is also to encourage communication, whether it be multicultural or not, in person or via electronic devises. In fact, this particularly applies to communication via different electronics mediums, as we sometimes loose our touch or human feeling with such devises.
I personally took more from the creativity side of the MOOC. I think my favorite part of the course was that it inspired me. This MOOC made me want to be more creative. I’m no artist, as much as I’d like to be, I can draw stick figures and a seahorse (random, I know). But that’s not the only way to be creative. This course has inspired me to keep writing on this blog as expression is a form of creativity. It has inspired me to find activities that make me happy and relaxed. At the risk of sounding super sappy, it makes me want to find ways to discover myself. And I think that’s a lot of what creativity is all about. No matter how you express it, if you find a way to be creative, you find a way to be yourself.
If you take this course, I encourage you to take some time and Google creativity. See what you come up with! I found some really interesting articles: some were focused on how to coax your creative genius out, others were just about what it means to be creative. Everything was informative. Some of the articles provided within the MOOC focused on how people are trying to revamp the current education system in more creative and “outside of the box” ways. Which leads me to another eye-opener of this course. In reading the different articles related to how we learn and different methods being tried, you’ll come across the fact that as you tap into your creative juices you will open yourself up to new ways of learning (and you’ll just learn a lot without really realizing it).
At times I felt like perhaps I wasn’t quite on course with the MOOC, like I was off on a tangent that didn’t quite apply. But the beauty of this course is that that is ok! You’re still learning and you’re still broadening your horizons. I loved the freedom of this course and the ability to sort of do your own thing. Embrace it, because that is one way you will leave this course with much more than when you started. And don’t be afraid to ramble, or be short, or do what you do, because this course is about that. It’s about embracing yourself and others and whatever creative endeavors you may happen upon. And most of all, just have fun! How often do you get to take a college course where they essentially say: “Here’s some material, now do what you do and run with it”? You don’t! So enjoy this course while you’ve got it and see what you can take away from it. Like I say, I feel, if nothing else, I have grown as a person and an individual because of this course – and that’s something that I rather needed in my life.
Have fun everyone! I know I did!