What to do if you can’t keep pace #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed November 2, 2012.

Hi Mighty MOOCsters,

Our thoughts today are will all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and that any recovery necessary goes quickly and smoothly. We know that for a subset of our learners, progress in the course will be interrupted by this event.

We also know that many of our learners may be struggling to keep pace due to the more ordinary challenges we all face–work responsibilities, family obligations, health issues. We’ve known from the beginning of this experiment that we wanted to design a system that would be flexible in the face of common and uncommon interruptions.

For those of you who, for one reason or another, are not keeping pace with the course, let go of your guilt and doubt. Our goal in sending out the e-mails is to provide a loose structure and a cohort of learners to study with, not to enforce a rigid progression that must be strictly adhered to.

If you are running behind, you have two options:

  • Save the e-mails, or consult the archive, and continue moving at your own pace. There will still be plenty of people active on OpenStudy ready to help you wherever you are in the course materials.
  • Unsibscribe from the current e-mail cycle, and re-enroll at http://mechanicalmooc.org for the next cycle of the course, which will start in late November. The course progression will be more or less the same, with a few tweaks based on what we’ve learned this time around.

Either way, the goal is to help all of you complete the work in a manner that fits into your own lives.

Safe and happy MOOCing,

— The Mechanical Mooc

The Mechanical MOOC’s A Gentle Introduction to Python is a collaboration between Peer 2 Peer UniversityMIT OpenCourseWareOpenStudy, and Codecademy. For this course, Peer 2 Peer University has developed an email scheduler that coordinates student activity across the participating sites to facilitate collaborative learning. This email was generated by the scheduler. For more information, please visithttp://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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