Finishing Coursera’s Sustainability MOOC

October 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Professor Jonathan Tomkin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his support team have, on the whole, done a great job with this course. The interesting and detailed syllabus has been supported each week by several high-quality videos, two multiple choice quizzes and some careful selected external resources (usually TED talks). For me, though, the most engaging part of the course has been the online forums and the high quality of the discussion and knowledge they have afforded. Bravo!

The other reason that I participated in this MOOC was, of course, to gain some more experience as a student in these educational experiments and to help me give good advice to my colleagues at Southampton should they choose to run one. And they are still experiments; this course had several rough edges which show that it is definitely a work in progress. I’ll post my thoughts on these in future posts; for now I’m going to have an evening off… the course really did take at least 10 hours a week effort (as they said it would) and I’m looking forward to having more time for my other interests. For example, getting more involved in our local Transition group – and isn’t that the point of education, that it motivates and empowers and inspires you to make changes in your life? So thanks again to Professor Tomkin for developing a course that has really achieved that outcome for many of its students (based on the discussion forums).


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