If the MOOC movement has faded, nobody told Jima Ngei. Mr. Ngei, who lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, has completed and passed 250 MOOCs, all through Coursera, since September 2012. His self-styled education has included courses in English common law and Chinese history, data science and Latin American culture, social epidemiology and the life of Thomas Jefferson, to name a few. (Nikki Garcia, a spokeswoman for Coursera, confirms that he has passed 248 courses, 83 of them with distinction, and Mr. Ngei says he just passed two more.)
Mr. Ngei, who went to college but didn’t graduate, says he has worked as an artist, a secretary to a tribal king, and an occasional consultant and producer of school-management software for elementary and secondary schools. Now unemployed, he volunteers as a community teaching assistant for Coursera courses.
MOOCs, he says, have given him a high-quality education that he never could have imagined, and a new outlook on life. Mr. Ngei discussed his experiences via email with Carolyn Mooney; here is an edited version of their conversation.
How did you happen to take your first MOOC, and what was it?
My love for MOOCs began when I started accessing materials from MIT OpenCourseWare. Then, two and a half years ago, I attended a social event and tried to join in a conversation but discovered I could barely understand what people were talking about. I realized I had to get re-educated fast — and soon. I also perceived my lower socioeconomic status more glaringly than ever.
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/250-MOOCsCounting-One/229397/ ]