I have decided that although I am supposed to be on leave working on my thesis it would be intriguing to see how the current iteration of the Facilitating Online Communities course goes now that it is truly open. I am having a hard time keeping my fingers off the keyboard and not participating - yeah cos distractions such as FOC will kill my study leave goals...to get a draft of the thesis finished.
I am absolutely intrigued by the numbers who have registered in the FOC08 course now it is openly advertised. Last year we ran the course for the first time using wikiEd, however students were given access via Blackboard and a formal enrollment process. This year we got the go ahead to have informal enrollments...wow it is proof of the open concept and evidence of the need for people to keep increasing their skills in facilitating online communities...so many experienced people.
So my way to manage having meager participation will be to check in on key blogs so I can get a sense of how it is all going...for the next time I get to facilitate the course. Also so I can keep the debate about teaching versus facilitation going with Leigh Blackall who is superhumanly facilitating 80+ participants. Will the 10% rule rule I wonder? :)