I'm attending my second MOOC - Massively Open Online Course. Please note: My blog spell check may not be working so please excuse any typos - these are just my course notes.
One of the fundamental learnings when it comes to everything Internet is the idea that anything Google (or the Internet) touches it flattens. What this basically means is that it cuts out the middle men - the space between creator and consumer - in economics we call this "disintermediation" - that heirachacial distribution networks - whether product, service or knowledge - are flattened.
These technology driven changes to a market are often called "disruptive innovation" - where they challenge conventional models; the status quo or sacred cows. I'm reminded of the quote "Just because it's always been doesn't mean it always will be".
For example, in classifieds advertising we saw how Google Adwords took over newspaper classified revenue; in music we saw how Apple I-tunes disrupted the conventional established studio model and in retail how we could source brands overseas via the web and have them delivered often faster and cheaper than local agents.
One of the most interesting disruptions is the emergence of MOOCs - Massively Open Online Courses. These are like Adult Education Courses but delivered online and from world class universities and lecturers. The course I'm currently doing is a FREE six week Coursera - Creativity Innovation and Change by PennState University. There are 100,000 people doing this course across 89 countries!
The other very interesting elements is the groups and communities.
Some reading and the key element is to decide how much time you can spend on this per week - in my case a day per week and to keep a blog (these posts).
At first I'm overwhelmed by the multitide of divergent channels (Twitter; Facebook; LinkedIn; Google+ groups) where the student conversations are occurring - combined with the core course material.
About the Course
This course can empower students to develop their creative human potential to improve, enhance, and transform your business, your community, and your personal life. Processes like Intelligent Fast Failure will teach you rapid prototyping skills, while the Creative Diversity model will help you understand how and why your ideas are unique - and how you can work better with others to solve complex problems.
Personal reflection tools like CENTER add a character development dimension to the course that is an important first step towards unlocking your creative potential. Along the way, you will engage with a rich set of tools, exercises, and metrics in order to understand these concepts and how they impact the development of your creative life and career.
Is a basic introduction to the core concepts of Creative Diversity; CENTER and Intelligent Fast Failure.
Creative Diversity - there are four variables used to understand. One element Creative Style is a population distribution from "more adaptive" to "more innovative". According to the test I'm "more moderatively adaptive style".
Some time is contemplating paper towers where my design idea was made obsolete by one of the first user posts.
The CENTER Life Ring exercise reminded me of my Priority Time Management goals and objectives training nearly 25 years ago - where you break down your life into core sections and set goals and objectives eg - Financial; Spiritual; Emotional: Physical; Creative; Intellectual; Family.
The Fast Failure lecture reminding me of Eric Reis and Steve Blanks Lean StartUp and Business Model Canvas approaches.
That's it - until next week.
Massively Open Online Courses