I’d welcome any guidance on this conundrum…
Our open course (Mental Wealth: know it and grow it) is proving to be of interest (nice) and with 131 sign ups (nice, but also yikes!) we still have a week left to go before we begin.
I know that with many open courses, a % will be happy lurkers, so whilst we’re anticipating that not all who have signed up will be active participants, I feel we are straying into that territory of having to make a quantity vs quality call. Too many in the course site might reduce the participatory enjoyment? The original plan was to allow sign-ups until the course ended.
Options I can think of:
leave the door wide open (“the more, the merrier” option)
close the door at XXXX sign ups (any suggestions on what this holy grail of numbers might be?) and keep a record of those who missed out and run it again in 2014 if possible. (seems a little wrong when the idea is to be open?)
close the course, then clone the course and run 2 or more co-horts simultaneously in different P2PU course sites, and encourage the combined cohorts - the ‘mega cohort’ to interact more massively in a Google+ community and other social media attached to the site. (would this be practical though?)
Or some other very sensible idea that I haven’t listed.
Any thoughts and suggestions are very very welcome!