This paper aims to shed light on an emergent kind of learning occurring as part of participating in global open online courses. Participants voluntarily jump into an ocean of complexity and fractal nature, yet are able to swim through and learn. The paper outlines Connectivism as the framework for such learning, and describes the structure of PLENK2010 course. Then, four lessons learned during the involvement of the author as a learner in the course are detailed, among them the different channels for learning in such an environment and the (no) need for direct assessment. As the course has still few weeks to go, the lessons learned so far will surely go under further consideration. However, those who consider participating in massive online open courses either as learners or as facilitators might benefit from this primary account.
Via Paulo Simões, juandoming