So, here's a rule for taking MOOCS: start when the course starts - being online and non-compulsory, it's too easy to prioritise other things, but if you're going to learn anything you need to engage fully. Lesson learnt for me, but at least I have the last half of the course to engage more fully with.
Still, catch up I did, although I haven't engaged with fellow MOOCers yet. And I have to say I'm astonished at the level of creativity and intellectual engagement on show here - it's a brilliant, challenging, interesting and enjoyable experience and I've learnt so much already, it's quite quite wonderful!
All the earlier ideas of forward- and backward-looking technological utopias and dystopias, ideas of technological determinism, metaphors of the internet are powerfully expressed and are already leeching into my offline life and thinking. And Clay Shirky is a brilliant thinker who can express complex ideas in a very accessible way - his comparison of Higher Education's possible future in the face of open online education with that of the dominance of the recording industry unable to withstand the humble MP3s is powerful.
My own perspective is person-centred learning, so I'm a huge advocate for open education, but I'm also very interested in the kinds of technologies, or the arrangement of technologies, or the culture around technology use that really frees people to learn. Which means I'm also focussed on the end-point of education, which for me is about human growth, freeing persons to learn in order to be all that they can be.