Today I received my Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from the Philanthropy University and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. I have been working on their 7 MOOCs classes since March. Philanthropy University is the “first-of-its kind educational initiative helps people working for social good deepen their impact and change the world” (http://philanthropyu.org/). The classes were: LEADERSHIP: TEN RULES FOR IMPACT AND MEANING, GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY: ASSESSMENT TO ACTION, FUNDRAISING: HOW TO CONNECT WITH DONORS, HOW TO SCALE SOCIAL IMPACT, ESSENTIALS OF NONPROFIT STRATEGY, and FINANCIAL MODELING FOR THE SOCIAL SECTOR. All of the classes were very interesting, involving some type of group work, video watching, readings, an assignment, and included individuals from around the globe.
1. My first short story: “The Personal Diary of Mrs. Martha Hudson, Housekeeper to the Famed Detective Sherlock Holmes” published in The Norwegian Explorers 2016 Christmas Annual, No. 15: The Miss Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2. Back to flying – first time in over a year
3. Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago to see “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibit
4. I’m a trading card!
5. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
6. I’m in a comic book “Watson and Holmes: Volume 2”
7. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
8. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
9. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
10. Received my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning Technologies
I recently finished a edX “MITx 14.73x: The Challenges of Global Poverty,” a course of study offered by MITx, an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX, by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee. It was another MOOCs class that I decided to try and overall it was nicely done, so I guess I would say that it falls in the middle (not the best MOOCs, but not the worst MOOCs). It always drives me a bit crazy when you email whoever is suppose to be running the class and they never respond. Why post an email address if you are not going to respond? It did supplemented some of my PhD classes, so that was nice. The class had videos, tests at the end of each week, and even a little final (25 questions) at the end of the class. I passed the class and so I received a Verified Certificate of Achievement which was issued on December 15, 2016.