Friday, July 26, 2013

Coursera MOOC

Coursera MOOC

MOOC Experience w/Suzy

I don't know if I'm a typical MOOC student, but I've signed up for at least 3 courses out of curiosity over the last year or so on Coursera and haven't found the time to try out even one of them. But things are getting interesting. I signed up for the first in a series: Foundations of Teaching in Learning 1: Introduction! starting on August 5th for 4 weeks.

What's interesting is that Coursera emailed me with an invitation to join the "Signature Track" for this particular course. What's that? Here's what Coursera states on their Signature Track Guidebook page:

Signature Track is a new option that will give students in select classes the opportunity to earn a Verified Certificate for completing their Coursera course. Signature Track securely links your coursework to your identity, allowing you to confidently show the world what you’ve achieved on Coursera.

My invitation included an early bird 50% off voucher. The cost for Signature Track? $29.00. With my voucher, I'll pay $14.50. If I don't want to join the Signature track, I will still receive the standard Statement of Accomplishment if I successfully complete the free course. What's different about the Signature Track? It allows you to connect your certificate with your identity using their secure identity verification system.

I wonder if paying $14.50 for a verifiable certificate is enough incentive for me to put out the effort to see the course through completion? 

Next step: the online verification process. 

Comment below if you've tried a Coursera or other MOOC!