The philosophy course not being yet another one about edtech, online learning, networks, social media and their ilk comes as a relief, although content overlap in the other three could count as economy of scale. It will be a mentally refreshing change of pace no matter how challenging. Resolved: always be enrolled in one course with other content (not necessarily literature either). The next time an academic slams Coursera, I will contemplate the local IRL alternative, Socrates Cafe.
So how am I packing for this MOOC? prepare? I am: downloading the introduction video (which fwiw downloads better than etmooc and mmooc13 audio files); checking #introphil tag on Twitter and Topsy ~ but mostly avoiding anything that might interrupt upload: closing superfluous windows, resisting temptation to share from reader. Once the introduction video finishes I'll return to the page to download syllabus and check early readings ~ not so different from any other course, except that I now give myself permission to be a bad student, relish it even.
My intentions (that Declare part): to think and enjoy the conversations; to blog reflections (no guarantees and no guilt if I don't); not to over obsess with studying the mooc/iness of it all.