My Gamification Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera
I got it! I received my Gamification Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera on October 22, 2012. It was supposed to get to us by e-mail, but I kept waiting, trying to assume that it will happen, even if the system is again down for a while… but I did not get the e-mail with the link… therefore I went to the facebook wall of the Gamification group and looked for a link there. And of course there it was, a link where all diligent and technically equipped people could view their result and the Statement itself. At this point I added the new info to my LinkedIn profile. (Unfortunately, the certificate can not be shared via LinkedIn and this might be a problem for people who need to show it on the original Coursera website.*) After just trying the platform I ended up with a new specialty. Nice! Thank you Coursera team, thank you professor Werbach, and thank you University of Pennsylvania leaders! *Note: In late 2013 Coursera started a partnership with LinkedIn, and now you can share your Coursera certificate via LinkedIn with the Coursera logo if you like.
One thing I would recommend the Coursera team is to carefully select the group managers on Facebook and on LinkedIn. Instead of random, outside people with unidentified professional backgrounds and motivations, I would suggest: select people with an understanding of your social entrepreneurship and online higher educational goals. Why? Because while there were many valuable comments and posts, in our group the group creator and manager was often biased toward superficial, weightless comments, while attempted to moderate away meaningful and professionally valid arguments regarding the Coursera experience and different professors. This particular person could not differentiate between constructive and comparative criticism on an intellectual level and bullying against members and professors on a completely visceral level.
One thing I forgot is that while I do not get any notification e-mails from facebook, because I minimized e-mail usage years ago, many people have no clue how to change their settings and get annoyed by their own lack of ability to normalize facebook e-mail and notification streams, plus these people will be frustrated by their own attention deficit and will take it out on you. I strongly support open educational platforms, but remember that there are enormous cultural and social differences in such groups. Be mindful of this, and be careful when you post to Coursera group walls.
If you have not received your Statement via e-mail (assuming that you were among the 8280 students, approximately 10% of all registered people for this course, with an overall result over 70%), go to your Coursera profile (not the course page, not even your personal profile, but rather your profile layer where all “Your Courses” are listed), and in the drop down menu under your name in the upper right corner find and click “Course Records“. Not the ideal placement for the records… For those who think that the 10% successful completion rate was low, just think again! It would take many many years for Professor Werbach to teach people in such high numbers in person so successfully. So, thousands of people with a Statement of Accomplishment is true success within 2 months all over the world! I encourage you to take this course next year.
And if you made it all the way to the end of this post, let me tell you this is not my most interesting Coursera blog post, so please, do yourself a favor and look for much more interesting entries in the right column. That is, if you are interested in Coursera, MOOCs and online learning in general.