About this blog

This blog is authored by Katy Jordan. I’ve been working as a research assistant in e-learning and educational research for a few years, and am currently a PhD student in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.

Why I am a MOOC student: Because e-learning is a field at the intersection of different disciplines, primarily educational research and computer science, I started studying online using MOOCs (Massive open online courses) to try to supplement my Educational Research training with selected computer science topics.

The purpose of this blog: I have found, whilst using MOOCs, that I’ve been learning not just about the topic at hand, but also (with my e-learning research hat on) about the nature of MOOCs. The purpose of this blog is not to evaluate the courses or talk about the course material per se, but to jot down my reflections on interesting issues about using MOOCs which I’ve encountered through my participation as a student. I expect to write a post after each course I’ve completed.

So, to summarise, the idea behind this blog is to provide insights and ideas about what I have learned about MOOCs, through my experiences as a student learning with MOOCs. To date, I have gained certificates for the following MOOCs (and signed up to many more):

  • Computer Science 101 (Coursera)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (Coursera)
  • Internet History, Technology and Security (Coursera)
  • Securing Digital Democracy (Coursera)
  • Networked Life (Coursera)
  • Social Network Analysis (Coursera)
  • E-learning and Digital Cultures (Coursera)
  • Introduction to Communication Science (University of Amsterdam)
  • Introduction to Infographics and Visualization (The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)
  • Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis (Coursera)
  • Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom (Coursera)
  • User Experience for the Web (Open2Study)
  • Networked Life (again! for revision) (Coursera)
  • Big Data for Better Performance (Open2Study)
  • Early Childhood Education (Open2Study)
  • Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative (Coursera)
  • History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education (Coursera)

11 responses to “About this blog

  1. Gary

    Very nice blog. Keep it up please.

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  3. Hello Katy. I want to write a piece about MOOCs, especially on completion rates. Can I cite some of the results or your study? They are so insightful.

  4. Hello Katy, please will the certificates be sent to us through mail?

    • At Coursera, you can find and download your certificates by logging in and going to your ‘Course Records’ page. Open2Study courses usually email you with a link to follow to download your certificate, or these can be found in ‘My Study Centre’ when you log in to the website. Hope this helps! Katy

  5. AlphaBravo

    Hey there Katy! Loved reading this blog. How do you get access to user data from the MOOCs? Using APIs, or do they have an easier way to get data sets that you can do analysis on? I’m very excited about this area of education innovation, and also am learning data analysis, so I thought I’d combine these two interests. : ) many thanks for any advice you have!

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  7. Great, Katy, Your blog is a real contribution to the field. Best wishes on all your endeavors.

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