Edward De Los Santos is on a mission to complete as many MOOC courses as possible, in hopes of achieve college credit through a prior learning assessment portfolio at his preferred university. He has opted to use mostly Coursera courses so far, for ease of study and keeping all courses with one provider.
We left Edward last month at nine weeks into the course, English Composition I: Achieving Expertise. This month we find Edward having completed his first MOOC class with Coursera, earning an 86.6% with a distinction.
You’ve completed your first MOOC. How do you feel? What did you learn?
Relieved, mostly. To be serious, I am glad I finished and did as well as I did. I’m a little surprised since writing isn’t my thing. I learned that I’m decent at it, but I like to leave it to those that can do it far better than I.
What is your thing?
Technology, computers, and tech support. It’s what I do for a living.
Well, that explains your next class then. Can you tell us what it is and how it’s going?
Sure. I’m currently taking another Coursera MOOC, Internet History, Technology, and Security, through the University of Michigan. I’m in my third week and it’s going well. The class is interesting and more of what I’d like to learn about as opposed to what I have to take, like general education courses in math. I dislike math.
You and I both! When does your next MOOC begin?
My next class is Social Psychology through Wesleyan University. Its start date was pushed back to mid-August, which is fine with me. The less overlap of courses I have, the better I think. It gives me more time with just one class, especially with working full-time.
I can relate! I did that myself. Are there any other courses you are signed up for or are thinking about – with Coursera or another provider?
A humanities course on early Renaissance architecture through the Sapienza Università di Roma, though the start date hasn’t been announced yet and I may change my mind and take a different humanities course. I’d like to take courses in science, U.S. government, and U.S. history, if available, as well as computer related ones.
With that, I will wish you good luck, Edward! I’m sure you’ll do great in your classes. I will check back in with you next month to see how things are progressing. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.
No problem. It’s my pleasure.
Check back next month for July’s monthly MOOC update to see how Edward is faring in his Coursera studies.