MOOCs I've Done Or Am Doing

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MOOCs Completed

These are the MOOCs I've completed and passed.


  • Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life (MIT)
  • Quantitative Biology Workshop (MIT)
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience (Harvard)
    • Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron
    • Part 2: Neurons and Networks
  • Proteins: Biology's Workforce (Rice)
  • Astronomy XSeries (ANU)
    • ASTRO1x: Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe
    • ASTRO2x: Exoplanets
    • ASTRO3x: The Violent Universe
    • ASTRO4x: Cosmology
  • FP101x Introduction to Functional Programming (Delft)
  • Jazz Appreciation (UT Austin)


  • Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Edinburgh)
  • Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (NUS)
  • Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas (Curtis)
  • The Bilingual Brain (Houston)
  • Gamification (UPenn)
  • Managing the Company of the Future (London)
  • Learning How to Learn (UCSD)
  • TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now! (ASU)
    • Teach English Now! Foundational Principles
    • Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language Acquisition
    • Teach English Now! Lesson Design and Assessment
  • Game Design and Development (MSU)
    • Introduction to Game Development
  • Game Design: Art and Concepts (CalArts)
    • Introduction to Game Design
  • Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and Why (Duke)
  • Ancient Philosophy (UPenn)
    • Plato & His Predecessors
    • Aristotle and His Successors
  • Big History: Connecting Knowledge (Macquarie)
  • Confronting the Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy (Rochester)
  • Sit Less, Get Active (Edinburgh)


  • Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts

MOOCs In Progress

These are the MOOCs I've started. Per my comments on MOOC Completion Rates I may drop out of some of these. Also, now that Coursera let you switch sessions, I tend to do this a lot if I'm falling behind (so courses could stay in this list for a long time).



  • Build a Modern Computer from First Principles: From Nand to Tetris (Project-Centered Course) (HUJI)

  • TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now! (ASU)

    • Teach English Now! Capstone Project 1
  • TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now! (ASU)
    • Teach English Now! Second Language Reading, Writing, and Grammar
  • Game Design and Development (MSU)
    • Principles of Game Design
  • Interaction Design (UCSD)
    • Human-Centered Design: an Introduction
  • Game Design: Art and Concepts (CalArts)
    • Story and Narrative Development for Video Games

MOOCs Under Consideration

These are the MOOCs I'm considering doing (and have enrolled in) which haven't started yet.


  • TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now! (ASU)
    • Teach English Now! Second Language Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation
    • Teach English Now! Technology Enriched Teaching
    • Teach English Now! Capstone Project 2
  • Game Design and Development (MSU)
    • Business of Games and Entrepreneurship
    • Game Development for Modern Platforms
    • Game Design and Development Capstone
  • Interaction Design (UCSD)
    • Design Principles: an Introduction
    • Social Computing
    • Input and Interaction
    • User Experience: Research & Prototyping
    • Information Design
    • Designing, Running, and Analyzing Experiments
    • Interaction Design Capstone Project
  • Game Design: Art and Concepts (CalArts)
    • World Design for Video Games
    • Character Design for Video Games
    • Game Design Document: Define the Art & Concepts
  • Introduction into General Theory of Relativity (HSE)

MOOCs done


  • Introduction to Statistics, Berkeley
  • Introduction to Saas, Berkeley
  • Functional Programming 101, Delft


  • Programming Languages, Univ. of Washington

MOOCs currently doing

  • Cloud Computing Concepts, Univ. of Illnois