I received an email the other day about an online course that I signed up for in January, I believe. The name of the course is Startup Engineering and it is offered by Stanford through Coursera.org. I had totally forgotten about it because I signed up so long ago with some guys that I was working on a project with at the time. With the project over and that many months in between, it just totally slipped my mind. Since it fits so perfectly into my mission to upgrade my skills and create my first online web service/mobile app, I jumped right into it today.
Unlike a lot of online MOOC(Massive Open Online Courses) classes, this one operates on a timeline, like a traditional class. That means it starts on a set day, has course material released on a weekly basis, has weekly graded homework and has a final project with a set due date. If you score well enough, you will get a certificate of completion. This is a good thing because it forces you to stay on schedule if you want to acquire the certificate. I’m definitely interested in the certificate if, but for the same reason that people collect badges on Foursquare. The reward of completing the class and learning is the real prize, but getting the certificate is a nice extra bonus.
So, that means I’m currently taking this course and an Objective-C class. I feel like I’m back in school again. The only difference is that I’m getting less sleep and hanging out with a lot fewer people. That’s okay though, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I’m happy with the direction in which I’m heading. Enough writing for now, I have to get back to class before the professor notices I’m not paying attention.