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Agree that open courses are totally different. That’s why i make the comparison. I think the history of the term lurker (in an edu context, not general web context) explains the negative connotation a bit. Open courses are closer to the “open web” than they are to formal education, in many ways. But the power/privilege of participation still applies, right? And of course the commitments and responsibilities are different. Agree there is no failure in open courses (though “failure” is not a bad thing; we learn from it, but yeah you can’t fail at open courses, you can only gain, I think, unless you don’t have judgment and spend too much time on a course that’s not useful or good for you).
But I am always torn about taking up too much space. That it might make it harder for others to participate, rather than be a model. Not pedagogically ideal