In keeping with the generally bumpy ride on this course, its ending also didn’t go quite to plan. Completion certificates for those of us who achieved 55% or more were eventually issued a few days later than originally scheduled on 1st February.
However, the reason given for the slight delay was an intriguing one. Some “unexpected legal issues with distribution” had occurred. There’s been no official word from the course team to all students as to what the issues were, but one student who is still caught by these issues posted this message that they’d received onto the course forum:
. . . → Read More: edX 6.00x: end of course certificates and US embargoes
I completed the edX 6.00x final exam last weekend, but as its been a ridiculously busy week at work (which finally finished around 5pm yesterday) I haven’t had the time to put pen to paper (or finger to ipad) until now. So here are some brief reflections on the experience.
As an introduction to computer science and computational thinking, it’s rather good. It’s reassuring to know that the fundamental principles I first learned around 30 years ago are still sound, albeit with the implementation method being Python rather than Pascal these days. The only significant criticism I have . . . → Read More: edX 6.00x – final thoughts
There’s just a day or so to go before the edX 6.00x final exam is opened up. There’s a 12 hour window to complete it in and the course team estimate that it will take around 4 hours of effort. I’m hoping to find some time to have a go at it over the weekend, but given the problems the course has suffered since the second midterm exam and that my grade is already a passing one, I can’t say that I’m all that enthusiastic about the prospect at the moment.
It’s not that the material presented has been bad. . . . → Read More: edX 6.00x – time for the final exam, but will MOOCs be bad for social mobility?
Earlier on this morning, I noticed that my BTYahoo! email account had placed yet another email from BT into my spam folder. Being mildly amused, I tweeted:
To my surprise, I’ve just received a response:
The link leads to a help page that shows you how to configure your spam filter (which I knew about already).
At first, I wasn’t sure whether it was scarier that BT are obviously monitoring all tweets mentioning them or that they didn’t apparently understand my pretty weak attempt at humour.
However, on reflection, I think it seems to be a pretty decent . . . → Read More: What’s scarier? That BT are watching my tweets or that they don’t understand weak humour?
I haven’t written very much recently about 6.00x, because other than the lectures posted for weeks 10 and 11 (which were excellent as usual) there’s been no measurable progress to report.
At the time of the second midterm exam the course team announced that it was going to drop one of the problem sets for this presentation, with the final two problem sets (9 and 10) due to be released on 12th December and 19th December respectively.
However, it’s now 18th December and no finger exercises for weeks 10 and 11 have been issued and nor is there any sign . . . → Read More: edX 6.00x – the MOOC that failed to scale
With Midterm 2 safely over, I can now reveal that I have just gained enough marks to pass the course – with a few more weeks of lectures and finger exercises, two more problem sets and the final exam still to go. That’s rather pleasing, so I hope no-one minds me sharing my progress chart below:
6.00x progress – after Midterm 2
This time the midterm exam consisted of eight questions and was marked out of 96. I ended up with 92 – having reversed the answers for the EDrunk and PhotoDrunk random walks on question 6, losing 4 . . . → Read More: edX 6.00x – Midterm 2 review
It’s been a while since I wrote about my progress on edX 6.00x. However, the course has been fairly uneventful until a couple of evenings ago when I completed problem set 8 (which was part of week 9, due to the US Thanksgiving holiday). It’s a little more stressful now, as I’m trying desperately to work out where I might manage to fit in a few hours before 0459 GMT on Monday morning to take the second Midterm exam.
Week 8 consisted of a single lecture sequence and a few finger exercises on sampling and probabilities, hashing algorithms and Monte . . . → Read More: edx 6.00x – week 8, week 9, a confession and onto Midterm 2