My question more specifically is how many of us have been a student in an academic setting recently? When is the last time you took a class and placed yourself in the role of a student? Even more to the point, when did you last attempt to learn something that was challenging for you?
I have been reading about MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) for some time. I have read good things and bad things about them. I have even formed opinions about them based on what I have read. What I have not done is experience one. I decided over the Christmas break to change that. I signed up for Calculus One offered by the University of Ohio and taught by Jim Fowler.
I had/have a couple of goals in mind while taking this course. First, I really wanted to take a Calculus class and extend my learning. Second, I wanted to experience a MOOC and evaluate it from the perspective of both teacher and student. I thought I would share some of what I have learned.