As with the previous MOOC review, I had signed up to these courses to help prepare myself for university study. When doing this, I’m hoping for useful content, but am willing to walk away with just reinforcing good study habits, as well. These didn’t tick either box.
Course Title: Succeed with maths – Part 1, Succeed with maths – Part 2
Provider: The Open University via OpenLearn
Effort: Self-paced, 24 hours, estimated 8 weeks
Completion awards: Statement of Participation, Open Badge
About the course:
I didn’t honestly get very far into the first course before I realised that this was an especially remedial maths course. I hadn’t really expected the first one to be too much more involved, so I just took the quizzes to make certain I wasn’t going to be leaving a gap in my knowledge, and got through it.
The second course, though, I thought would at least have some kind of intermediary maths in it. Instead, it advances to the level of reading graphs.
The problem with MOOCs like this is that anybody who is disciplined, organised, and educated enough to be able to learn from such a MOOC has already far outstripped the content of this MOOC. This is to say that there is essentially a non-existent target group for this MOOC. Here’s my Venn Diagram describing this:
[Source: My arse (2016)]
This makes it a useless course. As a result, the content is useless, and it’s useless to use to develop study habits.
Thankfully, there ARE solutions out there. One of the solutions is so fantastic that it’s shifted a portion of my study plan for my degree. I’ll review this other solution at a later date.