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Don’t Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course

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by Pink Sherbert via Flickr

 

As you surely know, Massive Open Online Courses are the big trend in online education. The New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2013 views MOOCs as the technology trend of the year. The MOOC concept is spreading rapidly from what was initially developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Now institutions like Coursera, Udacity and edX have taken over the conversation, offering a wide variety of courses open to learners around the world. Meanwhile, leading universities like Stanford, as well the Open University (OU) in the U.K. are jumping on the bandwagon with their own MOOCs.

MOOCs are sprouting elsewhere around the globe, too. Germany is catching up with #OPCO11 and #OPCO12 (Trends in E-Teaching), followed by the #COER13 (Open Educational Resources) or the #MMC (MOOC Maker Course). I have participated in a couple of MOOCs in both German and English and studied six years online with the Open University, and I want to share my experience with you.

You might have heard about the great workload, the high MOOC dropout rates or being lost and overwhelmed within the MOOC environment. Maybe you are uncertain about what to contribute or whether somebody is interested in your contributions. Or you might experience some language barriers. Well, these might be factors; nevertheless there are lots of benefits you don’t want to miss. By following this advice, you should be able to finish a MOOC successfully and avoid some of the pitfalls I stumbled over during my first MOOC.

 

Before starting a MOOC

Choosing a MOOC
When choosing a MOOC, simply follow your interests. The three big providers, Udacity, edX, Coursera are a good start for your search, but you might want to look for other independent MOOCs, like the MobiMOOC, the OldsMOOC or the #COER13 I am taking right now. (Each of these is for educators learning how to implement educational technology.) However, don’t make the same mistake I did by taking more than one MOOC at a time.

Think about your time and motivation
As Debbie Morrison said in an earlier post, understand your own goals is key. Ask yourself why you want to participate in a MOOC. Out of curiosity, because the topic interests you or because you want to know new people? Ask yourself how you want to make use of the acquired knowledge and skills. Can the MOOC support you with your study or your job or do you plan on your own project?

That is all reasonable, but you should consider that MOOCs normally last at least a couple weeks, sometimes up to a quarter of a year, and are quite time-consuming. To survive and thrive in a MOOC you should be willing and able to invest, from my experience, at least an hour a day for reading course material, for communication and collaboration with others, writing your own blog, etc.

I don’t want to stop you from participating in a MOOC. On the contrary I highly recommend trying at least one MOOC. However, reasonably assess your own motivation and your time before making a decision.

 

MOOC survival kit

by Sylvia Moessinger

During a MOOC

Start early enough

The early bird gets the worm! I also second Debbie’s advice to familiarize yourself with the layout of the course website and materials. The site normally opens a couple of weeks before the actual course starts, so you can actually orient yourself in advance. Explore what communication channels are used (forums, Twitter, a wiki). Sometimes you’ll need to register or set up new accounts such as on blogging platform. You might also consider whether you want to earn a badge or achieve some course credits if the university offers that option.

Take it easy

Each MOOC starts with an initial hype. People introduce themselves and write about their reasons for participating. They respond to each other and start out fully motivated on their first tasks. Don’t feel obligated to read all posts and tweets from the other participants. That is almost impossible and you can feel easily overwhelmed. No need to. Introduce yourself, wait for comments on your introduction, but don’t be too disappointed in case that does not happen. But do provide feedback yourself so you can start building up a network.

Don’t be shy

A MOOC is not about competition, but collaboration. So don’t assume other participants are smarter and have more to say. You might want to start as a so-called ‘lurker’, reading what others have to say. It is absolutely okay to be passive and just go through the course material on your own.

But honestly, it is a lot more fun to participate actively. Ask questions, comment on other contributions and start blogging your reflections on what you are reading and learning . Don’t underestimate the value of what you have to say. Agree or disagree with others or start a discussion that might help you get a new perspective or to confirm your train of thought.

In my experience, the MOOC community is really helpful. Other participants, as well those who organize the course are more than willing to support you. This is a good start to network and brings you in contact with other participants.

Often the instructors pose questions for each topic which you should answer, yet keep in mind there is no wrong or right answer. These question are supposed to help you develop your opinion on a certain subject.

Don’t be worried if  the course language is not your first language. This is the case for many other participants. English is not my first language either, but I learned that it doesn’t matter at all whether your grammar or use of words is correct. (And I am sure there are a couple of mistakes in this article. ;-)  People will understand you nevertheless.

Hang on
The initial hype is usually followed by a depression. It’s time to keep up now and endure. There is one advantage to this period — communication is not as fast-paced as before, giving you a rest. But keep in mind that no tutor or teacher is checking on you, so it’s up to you to keep your motivation up. The more you do, the more successful you will be in the MOOC. Hence, you might want to remind yourself  what your initial aims were and focus on what you are doing.

 

After a MOOC

Time to wrap up
Reflect on the course. What have you learned? What could you have done differently? Did you achieve your set goals such as attaining a badge or developing a project? Think about what the organizers could improve and povide feedback in the course survey. 

When you’re done with that, congratulate yourself on your hard work and start thinking about your next MOOC.

Continue networking

Try to keep in contact with some of the people you got to know better during the MOOC. Nowadays it’s important to network, and you’ll never know what might develop out of this contacts. Plus, it’s fun to have friends around the globe.

And, of course, you should find a way to apply your new knowledge, before it expires. ;-)

Happy MOOCing! :-)

 

Looking for more advice on succeeding in MOOCs? Check out our MOOC Resources page.

 

Sylvia Moessinger (8 Posts)

I am a vocational teacher for healthcare with a great interest in Education 2.0, i.e. innovative and pedagogically sound application from Web 2.0 technology in teaching and learning. I achieved my Bachelor's in Health (Hons) 2009 and Master's in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) 2011 at the Open University. With my additional studying I wanted to improve my professional knowledge, adjust to the ongoing developments in technology-enhanced learning. After my study I started a part-time job as research assistant at the VCRP to apply my knowledge and learn more about the pedagocial and technical aspects of elearning. I am also a great fan of cMOOCs and particpated in the #OPCO12, MobiMOOC and the #COER13.


60 Comments

  1. Could you say more about your experience getting your Master’s in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) 2011 at the Open University? How has that degree been useful to you, and what is the program like?

    • Ilene, my experience with the Open University is consistently good. I studied six years with the OU and I can highly recommend it. They are pretty demanding, but you learn a lot.

      Within a course, e.g. Innovations in elearning H807, all students signed-up for the course are appointed into tutor groups, consisting of about 20 – 25 students. Sometimes more than 100 people took the same course, kind of a xMOOC. Communication, collaboration and exchange with fellow students was my favorite part and I am still in contact with some of them. It made the study a lot more bearable.

      Most of the MAODE courses (duration about 6 months) are very fast paced, with weekly tasks and tons of reading material, plus additional readings, which I normally did not manage ;-). Task included sometimes group work with, creating podcasts, build an eportfolio, designing an accessible elearning resource or simply reading and commenting on an article. Contributions to the tutor-forum were a must and credits were rewarded. Estimated time requirements per week recommended by the OU are about 10 to 15 hours, I normally ended up with more, especially when preparing and writing a tutor-marked-assignment (TMA).

      To pass the course you need to finish several TMAs (2-3 TMAs) and end-of-course assessments, all with cut-off-dates.

      Yes, the degree has been useful to me, on a personal basis as I greatly increased my skills and knowledge, but as well job-related. Because of an interview I had to conduct with an e-learning expert, I found a part-time job with that institution, on an hourly basis. My boss is really innovative and I learned a lot since, I learned how theories are applied in practice. Part-time, because I still work as a vocational teacher, unfortunately I cannot apply much of my knowledge here, because the technical features in our school are far from modern. Getting access to a computer lab is not easy, because they are mainly occupied.

      Payments for e-learning professionals, at least when working for a public institution, like most of our universities are pretty low here in Germany compared to other countries. This is among other reasons why I only work part-time, though I am very passionate with e-learning.

      Concluding I can say. Studying with the OU is quite a challenge, but as well very rewarding. I didn’t want to miss that experience, although it was very tough to work full-time and study part-time.

      • Thanks a lot for the feeddback Sylvia. It is really inspiring and encouraging. You give me strength to continue.
        I didn’t complete my first MOOC course. I’ll do my best to get the whole course about Public Speaking, due on June 24th.

        • It could be worse ;-) With three finished MOOCs and two dropouts I do not have the best completion rate myself. However, without sounding to patronizing, we should learn from our mistakes and avoid them the next time. My biggest problem is time, more precisely the lack of time, but without time you never successfully finish a MOOC. Figuring out what caused your dropout, might help you to successfully finish your next course. Fingers crossed :-)

          Probably you might want to share your experience with MOOC News & Reviews and encourage others.

          • I agree that time management is essential for a good MOOC experience.
            I paraphrase what you’ve said in the article about “defining our own goals while taking a course and share it with other people…” in order to boost the brain and take this wish more seriously like a goal.

          • It is very interesting because many times people who leave a Mooc, they do it because feel very confused. They do not get to understand how a Mooc works so they do not continue the course. It is pretty usuful your advices to design a excellen Mooc. You explain in the clear way step to step to develop it.

          • Thanks :-)

        • I think we both might be in the same course. I am taking it after retiring from teaching public speaking/music/performance arts and am having a wonderful time with the class. I have taken (or started to take and will continue at a later date) many MOOC’s and find that I learn what I can, and then go to another. I am not a fan of the deadline stuff, but that is one of the advantages of being retired!

          • Sounds great :-) and I wish you a lot of fun with all your future MOOCs. Keep MOOCing and probably you’ll find more interesting courses in my forthcoming continued MOOC journey around the world.

      • Would you tell us how to enroll to open university if I am from somewhere in Asia

        • Dear Ano,

          it’s pretty easy to enroll with the OU. You go to the OU website, choose the course, respectively the degree or certificate you want to choose and fill out a form. However, I recommend talking to an course advisor first. They are really very helpful and supportive. You can even request a call back. They also have detailed course description about what to expect from the course, how much time you need to invest, what assessments are required and how much the course costs. Students from all over the world study with the OU. The courses are demanding, but very rewarding. I enjoyed studying with the OU a lot and can really recommend the OU. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Good luck with your study.

  2. Taking a #MOOC soon? Here are some tips on avoiding the dropout syndrome: http://t.co/G3FXzc3LZc … (via @MOOCNewsReviews)

  3. I am about to start my MOOC course soon, and I hope that everything will be ok.

    • Hallo Tresor,

      just follow my advice and you will be fine ;-) Don’t be worried if it does not work like expected as every MOOC has its own dynamic. However, arranging enough time for the course is imperative. Good luck with your MOOC. Which MOOC are you taking?

      • at the beginning, I thought I could take two courses at same time but I un-enrolled because I found it stressing . Now I am following Public Speaking, and I like the course. Thanks for caring!

      • Silvia,

        Time management is a big plus to succeed in a MOOC course, myself I have stopped two classes at MOCC, but I felt motivated when I hear from your persistence and your determination to achieve the goal you had at MOOC. I believe I have the same goal, I just see form your history I need to enhance my motivation to accomplish the dream of completing this class the public speaking to improve my speech skills.

        • Thanks Ronald,

          yes I am determined and motivated, but I have to admit that I dropped out of a couple MOOCs myself. Sometimes your work or your family keeps you busy and just don’t leave enough time for a MOOC. However, you need to fight all other types of procrastination. The middle part of a MOOC is tough, but it becomes better. So hang on and you will succeed. Fingers crossed and go for it.

  4. Very interesting article!
    Congratulations and thank you for the insights! :)

    • Thanks :-)

  5. Is it really that big of a deal to be a MOOC dropout? At least for the websites I use, the courses are free and it’s not like it goes on your transcript or anything. I like to use them during my breaks from college, but also as a supplement to courses I’m taking in college (for example, auditing a MOOC for organic chemistry while taking it at my college). However, sometimes I just forget about a course because I’m preoccupied with other things. I would think it would be a bigger deal with something like OU, which isn’t free, but for something like Coursera… Does it really matter?

    • Good point. I’ll let Sylvia answer from her perspective, but I definitely think the concerns about “the dropout rate” in MOOCs are overplayed. I guess I didn’t help matters with that headline — which I wrote — which sounds kind of bossy. Our real goal is to give advice from experienced students and teachers to help others get the most they can out of their MOOCs. You should take a look at this article, in which another of our contributors talks about the different motivations and different trajectories that students follow through a course. They definitely don’t all desire “completion” or have the same goals for themselves that the instructor has for them.
      http://moocnewsandreviews.com/summary-of-stanfords-mooc-user-study/

    • Does it really matter? Well, yes and no.

      Yes, it does matter, because only by finishing a MOOC you can achieve the greatest gain regarding learning outcomes and understanding of a topic. Get to know other participants and start networking with them requires some time and is often only achieved by finishing the course. Yet, I speak for cMOOCs not for xMOOCs that often lack the social component.

      No, it does not matter and I agree with you that MOOCs are a great opportunity to check out new resources, learn new methodologies and get to know different online tools. I admire your energy to take other courses during or next to your own classes. I definitely did not have the time and energy for that, though I appreciated complementary material, e.g. podcasts, from other universities to help me better understand my own course material.

      As Robert mentioned, this article is meant as guide for learners who plan to take a MOOC negotiating obstacles that I experienced and still experience.

      With three, almost four successful finished MOOCs, but also two (it might become even three) dropouts I do not have the best completion rate and I definitely understand that it is very tempting to try out new MOOCc ;-)

  6. Good read Sylvia. I am adding it as a link to my existing blog on MOOC which I wrote a while ago after delivering a talk on MOOCs to IBM HR Function. Here is the link for your reference: http://khalidraza9.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/what-is-mooc/

    I started my 3rd MOOC today and yes I agree, I have dropped out of I guess 4 and have completed 2. The reasons to dropout were majorly around time crunch and I feel, the first point you made about Starting Early was the key for me. I derailed when I started the MOOC late and I felt I am lagging and the learning kinda got overwhelming for me.

    • I liked your article that provided a good overview about MOOCs and your personal experience. I left a comment on your blog. Thanks for sharing this article with your readers.

      I have a similar dropout rate as you with 2 (almost three) dropouts and three successfully finished MOOCs. And yes time is a crucial factor that I still sometimes underestimate. I know that feeling of lagging behind – that’s what I experience with the Moodle MOOC I signed in, but never really had the time to take a closer look (my more than likely third dropout).

      However, I have a good excuse ;-) as I am writing on the continuation of my series ‘MOOC around the world’ which might be from interest for you and your readers. You find all three articles here on MOOC News and Reviews and the follow-ups will be also published on this site.

  7. Interesting and very useful article! I wish I had read it much earlier and I could have avoided the stress I went through by not being able to complete a couple of MOOCs I had joined in Coursera.org! Thanks and I shall recommend this article as a starting point to all my friends who are about to take up Online courses. By the way, I am just 63 years young and am a Director of a B Schools offering a few Graduate courses. Live in Bangalore, India.

    • You are a great role model for your students, emphasizing on lifelong learning. Thanks for sharing my article with others and I am sure your next MOOC will be more successful.

  8. Thank you so much for this important article which echoes my own experiences in Coursera.

    And while we’re on the subject, you might want to change the spelling of “Coursera” for the benefit of your readers who’d be looking for it on the Web. So it is “Coursera” instead of “Coursea”.

    Good luck to us all :))

    • Yikes. Several thousand readers, and you’re the first to point out those typos. Those are on me, not the author. I think I’ve got them all fixed now. Thank you!

      • It’s the story of my life to see things other people don’t, and believe me when I tell you, it isn’t always a blessing :)

        And as for the thousands who’ve read the article with the typo, I’m sure Big Brother Google caught them. In fact, I just did a quick test searching for “Coursea”, and indeed, Big Brother Google says: “Showing results for Coursera”. So you’re in the clear :)

    • Thanks for you kind comment and for pointing out the typo which I should have noticed myself. Fortunately Robert fixed it, thanks to him.

  9. Thank you very much Sylvia for your article! I’m about to take my first MOOC and I’m pretty excited about it. Hope everything will be ok and that I will find the motivation and the strength to keep going!

  10. RE: “don’t make the same mistake I did by taking more than one MOOC at a time”

    I disagree. Even with a full time job. I often enroll in between 2-5 classes at the same time. When one or two classes fail to engage me, I drop them, knowing I have two or three other great ones to focus on.

    Most American watch over 20 hours of TV a week. Replacing that with MOOC classes (especially with the videos at double speed) and you should still have time left over.

    • As a workaholic, working full-time as a teacher, part-time at a university, writing for MOOC News & Reviews and running some other projects, I agree with you that replacing watching TV by taking MOOCs instead would be great. But let’s face it that will not happen overnight. I think the MOOC movement, among others, is the right step to foster lifelong learning and seeing the growing numbers of participants are indicative that there is a change.

      Besides, MOOCs should be fun and like good food enjoyed in moderation ;-)

  11. Hi,
    Thanks for the article. I also agree with Rick and others that it is not bad at all to drop a course. Just like in university, in online MOOC platforms you have the chance to check out a course and if it does not meet your expectations or fails to engage you, you just dedicate your time to something more useful. I have had this experience with a few courses, and have already completed other 3 successfully. I would even say that dropping courses you don’t like would help you take more courses you like and perform better at them!
    So yes, there are tricks and tips for getting through a MOOC you really want to do, but don’t overdo it.
    In the former case, I found Sylvia’s tips quite useful. I would also add, in my own experience, that it really helps doing the course in parallel to someone I know in real life: my boyfriend, a colleague, or someone that can push me through the experience by asking me if I’ve done this assignment or if I understood that part.

    • Thanks Martha. That last idea gets at something really useful and important — the social part of learning. A lot of MOOC students are thinking about how to create a social aspect to the experience (i.e. study groups; treating it like a book club with like-minded friends.) The article we published today is at heart about combining social elements with online elements: http://moocnewsandreviews.com/moocs-as-part-of-employee-development-and-organizational-learning-strategy/

    • An interesting and engaging discussion started here and I appreciate the critical stance that some readers take. Already Melissa asked ‘Is it really that big of a deal to be a MOOC dropout? No not really. Yet, and here speaks the teacher in me, I also believe that some MOOC should be completed. Too often I see students start something that they never finish. But, contrary to voluntary MOOCs, school projects needs to be accomplished. Finishing a job/MOOC/school work is a rewarding feeling.

      As Robert, I like your idea about doing the course with somebody else or finding someone close in the course where you can exchange ideas and views. Not to forget the moral support that these peers can provide. Social learning is a very important feature in education. Unfortunately, at least here in Germany, the focus is still too much on individual learning.

    • I agree with you Martha, especially about the social learning part. I am doing that as well, even though my partner is taking some courses I am taking too, while others are not in common. However, this can halp motivate each other, share thoughts and opinions, improve and keeop going!

  12. Hi,
    This article is interesting. I work for one of the Education Servicing providing organization, completely agree MOOC is the contemporary technology in online education. I enrolled for few programs on MOOC platform. Happy Learning!
    Thank you Sylvia!

    • Thanks :-)
      Although there are critics, I think MOOCs enhance the education landscape and offer a great chance for lifelong learning.

      Happy MOOCing

  13. Where exactly did you actually pick up the suggestions to create
    ““Don’t Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course – moocnewsandreviews.com”? I appreciate it ,Elisha

    • Hallo Elisha,

      the title actually came from Robert McGuire the editor of this website. I labeled it as survival kit, because when participating your first MOOC it’s all about how to survive. No just joking ;-), but I wished I would have had such a guide when I joined my first MOOC, things would have run a lot smoother. That’s how I came up with this article and I am glad that it was from help.

  14. This is my first MOCC. Hope it will help to improve my public speaking.

    • Good luck Rajesh with your first MOOC. Let me know how your MOOC went and whether my article helped you to finish.

  15. Hi Sylvia,
    Thanks for your article. It’s really inspiring :)
    Happy MOOCing

    • Thanks for your kind comment Vina. Right now I am “moocing” with iversity.org and take the Design 101 MOOC. It runs till beginning of February, then I’ll report in more detail about my experience with this new German MOOC platform.

  16. Hello Sylvia,

    Thank you for your article, it is really helpful before starting a MOOC course for the first time. I believe that study with MOOC is a quite challenge but I am very passionate with e-learning and I did not want to miss this opportunity. I expect to invest time enough and energy to succeed my first one.

    Your advices are very appreciated. Thanks again!

    Margarita.

    • I am glad that you find my article helpful. Enjoy your first MOOC and make the best out of it :-) Good luck.

  17. Hello Sylvia,

    Thank you very much for this very well thought out article. I found it really helpful. You addressed key issues and I like your candor. Juggling family, work and MOOC has not been very easy for me but like you advised, it is doable with good time management. I’ll take your advice!

    Many thanks.

  18. Thanks for your article. I would like to say that even though collaboration is an important part of being a participant in MOOCs, one could benefit with different approaches while taking an online course. I used to strictly follow the same path as others follow in the course, but due to time restrictions, I took a break from my online courses. The result was I came back and the course was over, but materials were still there. I asked myself this question: does it really worth to give a shot to this ended course and retake by myself? It worked. Many courses offer splendid material that I would have really hard time finding. So my suggestion is courses can be used in the long term, not in the fast-consumption approach. By doing that, I was able to follow courses more sufficiently.
    Again, thanks for writing this beautiful article. I enjoyed it.

    • I agree with you Furkan that you can benefit from different approaches to tackle a course and your approach sounds absolutely sound. I recently finished my first xMOOC Design 101 with iversity.org and this MOOC was so fast paced that it was difficult to follow up. However, the course material was great and fortunately the course material is still available, so like you suggested plenty of time now to catch up :-)

      I am still amazed what an impact my article had and how many people comment on it. Thanks a lot and happy moocing :-)

  19. Thank you Sylvia for the article. I have a technical background and live in San Francisco,CA. However, I am not a fond of participating on online forums, I do not blog, have accounts on almost every popularsocial media or community network services (fb, twitter, instagram, linkedin, quora, netxdoor…)yet in any of them I am not an active user, I very very rarely post. I am just an observer. This is my second comment ever!
    I am an avid learner and was ecstatic about Coursera when they first started – I still am! I signed up in bunch of classes to improve my technical, intellectual, and cultural knowledge and skills. Despite I love the professor, university, subject, .. basically everything about a course, I just drop out after first couple weeks. I may give you excuses of work, personal responsibilities, beautiful sunny weather; however, I know that even for just one class that I am passionate about I can make it work. The reason that I could not yet I believe is that I could not find a good way progress in a course. I could not build a routine of products I would use while taking a course: will I do the reading on my iPad, should I use Mendeley, should I keep notes on Evernote or springpad, should I make a to do list on Wunderlist, how will I track my progress in the course etc. I am drown in the possibilities resulting zero progress on my part. I would appreciate any tips or recommendations. Please help!

    • Dear Yasemin,
      I still do not often comment on other people’s blog, though I appreciate all the more that you contacted me. First, let me tell you there is nothing bad about being an observer, because that is a form of activity as well. You keep yourself informed you are passionate as you say and you take the time to start a course, which is more than a lot of people are willing to do. So don’t blame yourself, even if you drop out, as it seems you have a lot on your plate to manage, with higher priorities than finishing a MOOC. The way I see it you are overwhelmed with all the countless opportunities and far too much concerned which tool to use. Relax, there is no right or wrong way when it comes to decide which social media or other tools, apps or software to use. Whether you blog, tweet or pin is a personal choice or simply ‘just’ observe is up to you. I can only recommend staying focused on a few tools. Finally, the course is not about which tool to use, but about the topic. Simply enjoy the course and do not worry too much about the rest that will follow on its own :-)
      Good luck with your next courses and feel free to contact me for further advice.

  20. Hello Sylvia,

    Thank you so much for your article. It is my very first time learning online and I don’t know how it works. I hope that everything will go well. The reason why I am taking this course is improve my public speaking.English is not my first language and every time that i have to speak in public I am terrified. I am a nun and my work is to deal with people. I find it very difficult to speak in public. I am hopping that this course help me to overcome this fear.

    Thank you so much.

    God Bless You!

  21. Hallo Suzana,

    thanks for your kind words and I am sure you will succeed, because you already left a comment here – a good indicator that you are not afraid to participate in online communication. Just keep going with that, don’t be shy and communicate and collaborate with others in the course. English is also not my first language and I can empathize with you, but I also learned that there is no need to be fearful, because many other participants are non-native English speaker as well. And once you succeed you gain more and more confidence and you might even enjoy public speaking soon. Don’t forget you have a strong ally in god.

    Best wishes to you and fingers crossed.

  22. hello Sylvia.
    thanks for your article. your words reach me in my button.
    English isn’t my first language and learning in Internet is my first time.
    so I am anxiety a little BUT this course made me excited I think.
    TRY MY BEST
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    • Thanks a lot for the inspiration guys. I started this year with taking MOOCs and I wanna make them my life in terms of studies. One thing I must say though, they’re demanding if you take a lot in one time, as I think I have done that mistake for now. Next time I’ll take a few. My fear was to lose out doing available interesting MOOCs now, and waiting for a later stage where the courses might not be provided anymore.

      • I fully agree with you that there are far too many interesting MOOCs offered and though I advised you not to take more than one MOOC at a time, I neglected my own advise by taking two MOOCs right now and of course struggling to keep up with it ;-)
        Yet, I might survive as Easter break is coming up.

    • Hallo Mika,

      I never dreamt that this article would make such an impact, but all your kind comments encourage me. And I wish you the same encouragement and excitement for your MOOC. Good luck and enjoy it :-)

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