I've recently started a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specialisation track with coursera. This is related to building upon my existing skills to take me to another performance level. I'm already a qualified professional at masters level but this study is a little off field.
It's 9 modules + project - I'm paying $50 per module to get verified. This does help to keep me focused but over the course of the program $450 makes me think if updating my LinkedIn profile with verifiable links is worth anything extra?
It's hard slog, 9 months of study, tests, assignments. Personally, I value the programme. I feel reinvigorated as I'm learning new things that will bolster my repertoire.
Will my next employer recognise value in me from completing the program? I'd like to think so but they are so new I expect the response will be 'what is a mooc?'