This sums up my experience with attending college-as-usual, and school-in-general. Wanting to do all those wonderful things, but feeling reservations, because doing any of that is so out of line with the cultural normals of education-as-usual.
"Who do you think you are?"
The result, for me, has been to walk away from those traditional approaches more than once, while still lacking a good way to connect with other learners, learn some of the competencies of being a teacher/learning guide/coach/etc., practice working with people who are eager to learn and discuss learning on a meta level.
The whole world of connectivist learning I found my way to in 2012 changed all that in substantial ways. How that happened is a long story, but edu-MOOCs were a big part of it. From the beginning, these MOOCs have been for me, first and foremost, a way to connect with people. But, somewhat like with traditional courses, I've found myself wondering how much it's acceptable to push, prod, critique, propose, and discuss in a meta sense how these cMOOCs might work better.
One thing that seems nearly universal, based on what MOOC courserunners have said, is that these instructors learn a lot from running them.
That leads to a different sort of a feeling than instructors running traditional courses, using familiar formats, to a "captive" audience of students dependent on them for institutionally-delivered grades.
Personally, I've taken a meta perspective on these MOOCs from the beginning, and I've written about experiencing this connected learning as a whole as an overall "meta-MOOC." Still, though, I think the overall process of "meta-MOOCing" could be done much better.
So, I'm eager and excited to see the openness to feedback, adjustments, and reuse of content in LCL2... and the meta nature of the course in general. But still, I find myself wondering how best to proceed.
That's even more the case, given that I'm having interactions in other places, and trying to juggle other aspects of life with my core passion, which is all aspects of metalearning, transforming education, and doing (and promoting) those "taboo" things of questioning how learning works while people are trying to do their jobs of teaching.
cc: @mpoole32 @artyowza