First, for anyone who might not yet aware about edX. I am going to give some brief introduction about “edX”, edX is an organisation or the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), that offers online learning of university level courses to on-campus students and to thousand of enthusiastic crazy learner around the world. well right now edX is partnered with some best world famous university including “University of California, Berkeley”. So if you are a crazy learner its obvious for you to be get excited to know about edX. if so, Common be hurry and just navigate Google. you will get plenty of articles to know about edX.
As being a computer science student I spent years in learning programming languages specially loving Microsoft Technologies [no doubt I am an MSP(Microsoft Student Partner) ] & not so far I am still always looking for opportunities to learn technical stuff. I knew about Coursera and Udacity, but was not interested in their courses. Luckily at the end of last year I came to know about edX and was feeling very zeal . The name like Harvard and MIT always fascinated me and edX is an organisation founded by these two university so its obvious for me to get enroll.
In excitement, I’ve enrolled in four courses first one is CS169.1x Software as a Service second was CS188.1x Artificial Intelligence third one was 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming and last fourth one is cs50 but just after continuing some classes I felt its very tough to carry on all courses together so I decided to leave a course and that was CS188.1x Artificial Intelligence. Initially I just kept my focus on two courses SAAS from Berkelyx and 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming from MITx. CS50 is still pending in queue.
being an online learner I had challenge to complete Quizzes, PSET(Problem Set), Midterm and final exams within due dates. so I must say its not as easy to complete online courses as many others think. It might also be a reason that edX is initiative of Harvard and MIT so they are just maintaing their standard 🙂 well as I mentioned in my previous blog that while taking SAAS courses I learned deeply about Agile technique, got sound knowledge of ruby and rails, came to know about Heroku and github and how to use these application. Personally I enjoyed Heroku because first time I was learning some cloud platform.
Most of the classes taught by David Patterson. I enjoyed a lot and also Inspired by his style of teaching. during course period I missed one important Pset just because of some personal issues but thank god that these gaps didn’t made me lay down. I successfully completed SAAS course with 60 percent.
First Schedule for CS169.1x as a PDF
After successful completion of course, I was able to download my certificate from Dashboard. If you are curious to know how does it look ? Please click Got my edX Certificate in Software As A Service. to take a glimpse. 🙂 You might have noticed there is a link at the bottom of certificate that can be used to verify authentication of this certificate. I am just loving this feature.
Apart it..as I mentioned I was also studying 6.00x from MIT and CS50x from Harvard. 6.00x is almost on end so keep in touch for another detail review. meanwhile I came to know about many people from different group(Facebook) who are just crazy about certificate. however its natural as being human but I must say please don’t join any MOOC like edX just for certificate. if you are enthusiast learner & want to grab some quality learning then this place is for you. In short edX serving their quality recipe with concept of “anyone, anywhere and anytime”.
At the end of this Post! I want to say It was great experience for me to learn from world best professors & its not last I’ll keep learning. If you are also passionate about technology and believe in learning then you can explore yourself with best universities of the World.
Now edx is more pwerfull with Berkeleyx + University of TEXAS + Wellesley University. UT is planning to award credits to edX courses as well. That is simply awesome news.
Happy Learning… 🙂