I am currently enrolled in a MOOC being taught by the University of Michigan on the edX platform. This particular MOOC is part of the MicroMasters series of courses, which when enrolled and passed as verified courses can be used as transferable credit toward a Masters degree at U-M on condition of being accepted/matriculated to the university.
I have only completed and passed one verified course, but intend on completing the entire series in order to earn my MicroMasters, I have yet to decide whether I will be applying for a formal Masters from U-M. I have listed this entry under Education on LinkedIn and on my resume as the following:
University of Michigan - School of Information
Expected completion, SEP 2018
MicroMasters, User Experience (UX) Research and Design
I am wary that potential employers will inquire U-M as to the status of my enrollment and discover that I am not a matriculated student and therefore determine that I have falsified my credentials. I have even paid an outside resume service to contact the school and report their results; U-M communicated that:
The contact stated no record was found for the applicant searching by name, social security number, and date of birth, and if the student took a MicroMaster Program and was not enrolled as a student attending classes for at least one semester, the school would not have a record
What should I do? I want to accurately communicate the fact that I am taking these courses being taught by U-M and that I am pursuing a MicroMasters, but I also do not want to give the impression that I am pretending to be a matriculated student. Given the fact that I clearly list "MicroMasters" as the degree for which I am pursuing I would think that would be enough to understand the distinction, but is it?