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About Merle

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    nostalgia for infinity
  1. You probably don't visit here anymore, but if you do I wanted you to know I took your recommendation on "Mockingbird" and am totally loving it.

  2. to waste time, I googled INTJ and Ballard. It was kind of surreal to come across a post exactly expressing my sentiments on literature (merle's). Carl Jung was a genius.

  3. American Gods is fantastically fun, I'm enjoying it immensely :) I'm struggling to finish it, having returned to normal life after a vacation (just time problems) - but reading it while travelling cross country was very cool. I've only ever read Neverwhere, of Gaiman's stuff, but a friend said I had to read this before starting his new book - am very glad I did!

  4. How is American Gods? Love Gaimon's speech on art, but not read any of his stuff.

  5. yes, yes, any criticism is automatically a confession of prestige-hoarding elitism. How convenient.
  6. I'm not talking about capturing that experience, but sneer away.
  7. They'll become a different beast entirely if it plays out as you imply. More like enormous private research libraries, perhaps? With the technology as it is, I'm not convinced it'll go that way - but if we develop more immersive online environments, maybe?
  8. What did MIT do to you between first draft and edit?;) Brand value? Sure...but I'll be interested to see how they negotiate between that and potentially devaluing their traditional offerings in the eyes of their potential customers.
  9. I don't disagree. And there's an issue with the provider being the same for both - the tuition-charging university has no incentive to credentialize these courses. Your solution is the individualist's; mine would be centralized and government-led, but I'm European.
  10. No, it isn't. Right now, these courses are not leading to qualifications, are not for-credit, and many have no form of assessment. Therefore, right now, I think it would be wrong to list them as formal education. If they were to become for-credit courses (which I have no problem with them becoming, if they implement a uniform means of assessment across all students), then they belong under the formal education section of a C.V. The question of whether they become formal qualifications is different to the question of whether they should be listed as formal education currently. Equally, if they want to work out some alternative means of testing and signifying achievement (i.e. not 'degrees', not 'credits' etc) for these courses that is standardized and that will tell employers etc about what taking one of these courses actually means, then, great - I'm all for it. As is, putting one on your resume/C.V. means very little and might actually be detrimental.
  11. MOOCs are not an alternative path to credentials, though...that's exactly my point. Saying I did such and such a MOOC has no set meaning in achievement terms - maybe you took it upon yourself to write papers as you followed along with the syllabus, maybe you just passively took in the content through videos - an employer has no way of knowing, so including them signals nothing more than interest in the subject. Look, I'm not against them as a means to learn cool stuff but I think presenting them as formal education is misleading (possibly deliberately deceptive) - most people are saying they list them as interests etc, which seems reasonable (I've never listed interests/hobbies etc on my resume or CV, so maybe that's why I was particularly taken aback). I took Stanford's A.I. course; it was interesting, I enjoyed it. I don't think I learned a huge amount beyond pop-A.I. content (though this is a class that does have assessment built in - though I didn't have time to actually do most of it, so ended up following as an observer - which is what most MOOCs are set up as anyway), it was very similar to me doing independent reading on some aspect of history or whatever that interests me - I wouldn't be able to claim my personal reading as formal education, and I don't think these should be claimed that way either.
  12. I totally understand that - but there are plenty of non-traditional routes to qualifications (I have taken some of them) already available. I think online learning is a lot less efficient than face-to-face learning, and doing a qualification that way a lot harder for the student, The Open University in the UK is a good example of affordable, accessible and rigorous post-secondary education (if I saw someone with the OU on their resume, I would be very impressed)- these MOOCs are a completely different kettle of fish, the majority that I've looked at are just basic content, the same as what you would get from reading a book....you don't 'complete' anything except reading along/watching some videos, there is not the same kind of engagement you get with most taught courses and there is no assessment. What does it mean (literally) when you put one on your resume - what is an employer to understand that you've done on that course? ---------- Post added 08-07-2013 at 08:43 AM ---------- Absolutely.
  13. Well, it depends how it is presented - if listed under 'education' alongside formal credited qualifications, then, yes, that does suggest the MOOCs and the degree(s) are being presented as equivalent. I mostly think the above is not too bad, but I wouldn't wouldn't put it under 'education'...or would at least put it under a subheading, like 'non-credit courses,' or 'personal development.' Do people also list hobbies like you say? Again, not something I'd ever do...but each to his own. With the MOOC thing: people don't list individual courses taken for degrees (and these are courses taken for credit), so why list these individual courses (which are, in any case, not as rigorous in terms of work required as an actual course)? I view them mostly as a personal development thing...like learning an instrument; I don't list my piano lessons on my resume either.
  14. Because they are mostly non-credit courses that don't offer any actual qualification (or any credit towards a qualification). If I saw someone with MOOCs from Harvard etc on their resume I would likely think they were naïve (in thinking a MOOC was of the same standing as actual credited education) or that they thought that I was naïve enough to be impressed by the big names; neither is a good impression to make. How are people listing them? Seems like there is plenty of room for fudging specifics and potentially misleading employers etc (or appearing as if you were trying to). I would be hyper careful about how I represented these if I were to put them on a resume (which I, personally, absolutely would not).