For quite a while now I have been wondering whether 23 Things has had its day. With each programme that I run – and I’ve done four now – I feel myself falling out of love with it. Whether it’s that I’ve talked about it too much, or that I’ve reached the limit of where I can develop it, I don’t know, but for me 23 things seems to have run its course.
Then yesterday I attended a talk by Hamish Macleod from the University of Edinburgh. His topic was broadly how we can blend technologies into our teaching practice. Given the announcement earlier this week that Edinburgh was to become the first UK university to join coursera the focus of the talk soon turned to MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). If you’re not familiar with the concept of MOOCs watch this video:
So, the main features of a MOOC are that it is:
- a course
- a networked, life-long learning opportunity
Now don’t all those things sound like the features of 23 things too?
In a recent talk I described 23 Things as:
- an online learning programme
So what about the massive part? Well, with over 1000 participants* from around the world, CPD23 is a great example demonstrating that a 23 things programme can be massive too.
In the space of 24 hours I find my disillusion with 23 Things has disappeared. And all it took was to think of the programme in the context of MOOCs. I’m now more enthusiastic about developing the programme than ever. This is not the end, it is a new beginning.
* across the 2011 and 2012 programmes