Dumb idea. Why did this little worm crawl in my head today?

Someone was tweeting about the end of an open course. I have this thing about talking about the finality of something. Some things should end. But if it’s an open ended experience, why cement the fate with a pronouncement? Why not leave the possibility of what was built as a community, the connectivity continuing on when the MOOC is over?

And then in my head I heard… “When the MOOC is over…. turn off the site, turn off the site, turn off the site…”

with the lyrics possibly changed. What am I thinking? I cannot pull off a Jim Morrison. And the song weaves and moans all over the crazy 7th and 9th chords.

So I dumbed it down to something simpler. And in about 14 minutes, re-wrote the lyrics. My ability to play harmonica at the same time is kind of bleating the same rhythm. But hey, I already spent a chunk of time, so here it is, in one take. And I tossed in a re-write of Jimbo’s opening for “The Soft Parade”.

Of course, if all MOOCs were not over, we’d be drownedwith ongoing collaboration and camaraderie. That would suck.

"When The MOOC is Over"

(intro) spoken

I am the MOOC King, I can do anything...

When I was back there in graduate school,
There was a person who put for the proposition
That you could teach millions online.
That you could teach millions online.
You could teach millions online.
YOU CANT TEACH MILLIONS ONLINE!

Yeah, c'mon 

Em   A   Em    A    Em A   Em7    A
When the MOOC is over 

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When the MOOC is over, yeah 

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When the MOOC is over 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D         D# Em        Bm7   Em A
Turn off the site, yeah 

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When the MOOC is over 

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When the MOOC is over, yeah 

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When the MOOC is over 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D         D# Em        Bm7   Em A
Turn off the site, yeah 

A7                   E7
The MOOC can teach anything

A7                   E7
Feed it data  as it needs 

D
MOOC is your only friend 

Em        D
Until the end 

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Until the end 

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Until the end 

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Cancel my subscription to Edu Resurgence 

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Send my credentials to the Clayton of Disturbance 

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Got investors.....  inside 

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The lecture in the video won't stop 

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The messages in the forum won't drop 

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A pile of badges    "Certified!" she cried 

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Got that job    Big Bucks inside!! 

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Em    A9
Before I sink 
Em    A9
A big dropout 

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I want to hear 

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I want to hear 
The scream of the lecturer 

Come back, teacher 
Back into the classroom 
We're gettin' tired of hangin' around 
Building up debt, sleeping on  the ground 

I hear a very gentle sound 
Very near yet very far 
Very soft, yeah, very clear 
Tweet today, tweet today 

What have they done to education? 
What have they done to our fair system? 
Ravaged and plundered and ripped it and sacked it 
Cut niche programs sacrifice the queen 
Filled it with adjuncts and dragged it down 

I hear a very gentle sound 
With your tweets down to the ground 
We want to learn and we want it... 
We want to learn and we want it... 
Now 
Now? 
Now! 

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When the MOOC is over 

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When the MOOC is over, yeah 

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When the MOOC is over 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D           D# Em
Turn off the site 

D         D# Em        Bm7   Em A
Turn off the site, yeah 

A7                   E7
The MOOC can teach anything

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Feed it data  as it portends 

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MOOC is your only friend 

Em        D
Until the end 

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Until the end 

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Until the end 

I think I need a new hobby. Or just a hobby.

The post "When The MOOC is Over…" was originally zapped with 10,000 volts and declared "It's ALIVE" by Dr. Frankenstein at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2015/06/when-the-mooc-is-over/) on June 2, 2015.

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