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December monthly update: MOOCs, an experiment in obtaining college credit

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December finds Edward De Los Santos in his ninth month of his MOOC experiment, where his objective is to acquire as many college credits from his MOOCs that is allowable via a prior learning assessment portfolio (PLA) from his intended university. He has already completed three courses, which included English Composition I: Achieving Expertise! (Duke University), Internet History, Technology, and Security (University of Michigan), The Ancient Greeks (Wesleyan University). MOOCs may take up the majority of Edward's PLA, but he will also supplement it with other free and paid non-credit courses. Last month when Edward updated us, he was four weeks into his fourth course, Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology) through the University of Maryland, College Park.

Edward, are you still in Genes and the Human Condition or have you completed the course?

Oh, the course is finished now. Genes and the Human Condition completed 12 days ago on December 16th.

Did you enjoy the course? How do you think you fared?

Of course! I love science and the answers it can provide. I don't think anyone is fond of quizzes and exams, but I did well, I think. I'll either have a very high C or a low B. I scored an 84% on the midterm and a 75% on the final.

Those are still good scores for the exams and for the overall course score! Do you have any more courses, MOOC or otherwise, planned?

The latter part of December has been MOOC-free. I’m still in the evening course at Winter Park Tech which is the last course of the technical career certificate program. Come January, that and other courses will keep me busy. I've also enrolled in three online courses at a local college, which is a total of nine credits. They’re condensed so they will be finished by the end of March. I’m still signed up for the Coursera course, The Modern World: Global History since 1760 which begins in January 14th but I'm not sure if I want remain in the course. I will see how it goes first to make sure I can handle them all. I think I'll be okay, though.

I think no matter what you decide, you'll be just fine. Thank you so much for taking the time to update us.

Check back in January to see how Edward is progressing with his MOOC studies.

Summary of Edward’s MOOC courses and scores (when available):

English Composition I: Achieving Expertise! (Duke University) - 86.6% with distinction.

Internet History, Technology, and Security (University of Michigan) - 102.3% with distinction.

The Ancient Greeks (Wesleyan University) - 94.3% with distinction.

Genes and the Human Condition (University of Maryland, College Park) - awaiting score.

The Modern World: Global History since 1760 - begins January 14th.

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