Sunday, 13 January 2013
#oldsmooc #diglit Day 4: we start to congregate...
Like the start of a new universe, there has been a swirl of individual ideas floating around for the last couple of days since Dreambazaar started and now the process of accretion begins, the pull of gravity attracting like-minded individuals to form project teams (or study circles? still not sure) in the form of cloudscapes and clouds. This is exciting and scary all at once, but at least I no longer feel so lonely and inadequate. I have followers! I have favourites! People are talking to me! I am contributing! YAAAY!
On the other hand, I am sorry, but I really still don't get Cloudworks. The process of following or favouriting a cloud doesn't add info to my own profile; I do get email alerts about replies to my posts, but not about other developments. Instead I have to keep checking into clouds I have favourited for news. I can't even work out how to contact or message other participants, other than by responding to a discussion on a cloud. (All of this must sound like gobbledegook to anyone not currently using Cloudworks, which is another issue in itself - it is a closed world layered with esoteric practices and language). The only open discussion space is on Google Forums and the course guide is on Google Sites. To try and generate a buzz around the project I am leaning towards, I have had to add (identical) discussion posts to three separate project clouds and then resorted to Twitter. Sorry guys but this is overly complicated, involves duplication of effort and is not particularly user friendly.
I am hoping me and my team can escape in the near future to somewhere that is better capable of supporting human life forms .