MOOC Course History


My first MOOC was Scott E. Page’s Model Thinking course in 2011. I couldn’t have had a better introduction to MOOCs and Online Learning. The Professor Page presented a broad introduction to themes in Data Science which prepared me for the many courses which followed. But something else very important also happened. You see, I also work full time. Many of these courses, especially the programming and mathematics courses, involve an awful amount of work. In my excitement I tried so very hard to meet every deadline and dutifully studied for every quiz and test. Work and studies nevertheless conflicted and I fell behind. Together with some disappointing test scores, I did not receive the coveted certificate. I failed. Then I realized I didn’t need to pass. I was not after validation. I was after knowledge. And I never looked back.

Since that time I’ve continued to juggle my time. Some classed I’ve completed and others I have not. While I still have the drive to enroll, participate, and contribute, the only competition is with myself. It was an important lesson and I’m thankful I learned it early. Thankfully, some things are sticking, and today I can truthfully say I’ve added to my knowledge in many areas of mathematics, programming, literature, psychology, and philosophy which have enriched my life. I believe I’ve grown both intellectually and personally. I don’t dream of fame, nor fortune. My only ambition is to continue to develop my understanding to enrich my Clear Thinking and my continuing projects in writing, design, art and computer-human interaction. My only regret is MOOCs hadn’t come about ten years sooner.

Currently Enrolled Courses

Past Courses

Open Courses

I’ve also audited several other courses on machine learning, statistics, and game theory which proved beyond my capabilities at the time. I hope to return to these at a later date when they prove relevant to my educational goals.

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