Being a MOOC Star
The way I see it, there are two principle ways to contribute in an important and/or recognized way to a MOOC. You can:
1) Think great thoughts. Come up with a new take on the issues being discussed that your readers and viewers have never heard of or thought of before.
2) Bring the great ideas of others to the attention of your readers and viewers.
People participating in the EDCMOOC that I'm in right now are doing a lot of both - mainly number 2.
I'm not doing either particularly. But I am doing something else - so I guess I'm adding a third category. One that won't make me a MOOC star, but will be a good contribution I think, and that is I'm an encourager. I'm reading and responding to others' ideas and trying to applaud what I think is good and useful.
I'll probably end up focusing on "MOOC identity" during this course, and perhaps in my course artifact. So I'm thinking of a short. simplified taxonomy of MOOC participant roles.