Edward De Los Santos is in his fifth month of taking MOOC courses with Coursera, beginning in mid-March earlier this year. It is with the intent to gain as much college credit as he is allowed by his university. He will apply for college credit through a prior learning assessment portfolio.
In last month’s update, Edward had completed English Composition I: Achieving Expertise with Duke University, earning a 86.6% with distinction. He had also been halfway through his second Coursera MOOC, Internet History, Technology, and Security through the University of Michigan.
Edward, how is your second course, Internet History, Technology, and Security treating you?
Actually, I've just finished the course and I'm waiting on my Verified Certificate.
What is your final score for IHTS?
I earned a 102.3% with distinction, courtesy of some extra credit and studying for the quizzes and final exam. I’m quite happy with it.
That’s great, Edward! You were aiming for a high score. What’s next for you with Coursera?
I was supposed to start Social Psychology a few weeks ago, but I un-enrolled from it because it overlapped IHTS a little. I wanted to have at least a week’s break before starting my next course, which is The Ancient Greeks with Wesleyan University. It is a seven-week course and starts next week on September 2nd.
Ancient Greece is fascinating to learn about. I love the mythology. Are you interested in any other courses?
Well, I un-enrolled from the eight-week humanities course, Early Renaissance Architecture in Italy: from Alberti to Bramante with the Sapienza - Università di Roma because the start date remains unannounced. I may re-enroll once dates are posted again. I’m on the mailing list to be notified.
I've enrolled to take a history course, The Modern World: Global History since 1760 with University of Virginia that begins on January 14th. It is 14-weeks long. I might take another course or two between that and The Ancient Greeks, but that depends on a few things.
It depends on whether or not I register to take an IT certification exam and work. I like to be able to focus on a few things rather than a bunch.
I understand! You definitely do not want put too much on your plate. A wise decision.
Well, Edward, we wish you good luck on your next course! Thank you for taking the time to speak about your MOOCs!
Check back next month for September’s monthly MOOC update to see how Edward is progressing with his Coursera studies.