Here you can find inspirational testimonials that students from all over the world, with different ages and various academic backgrounds, have written about Leiden MOOCs. What have MOOCs meant in your life? If you would like to contribute to these testimonials, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age, educational background and country.
“To all the professors and contributors presenting the vital course 'Changing Global Order': I am overwhelmed and humbled by the enormous amount of information, as well as the vastly diverse directions presented in this course. I feel that a study of a lifetime is necessary in order to even begin solving some of the problems that mankind is faced with. In the meantime, participants could play a part of the upcoming solutions. We can write the future history of humanity together.”
“Thank you Prof. Madeleine Hosli and Coursera Staff for creating such an interesting course! I truly hope that our global community can take these topics and begin a new global movement. Each of us can expand and give back to our world via the trickle-effect, and make positive lasting changes - one step at a time - beginning within our own communities!”
“Changing Global Order has been an immense course; the volume of additional video material and extensive readings has been remarkable, and the assessments have been challenging. Having taken several MOOC's on Coursera, and more recently via EdX, I am starting to wonder whether it is usually the case that European institutions have more sincerely embraced, and more thoroughly considered, the viability of this form of education. Of the many courses I have taken with American institutions, the quality has varied wildly, and never really come close to The Changing Global Order. It is still early days (for me at least).”
“Thank you for a great course. I will recommend it to some of my retired colleagues who have experience in international relations, and to my company who should make it a requirement for people who will get assignments overseas.”
“I have recently read criticism of this format of learning with the main criticism being that not enough people finish the course to justify the expense, which is free. Two points stand out in this regard. The first activity that supports the validity of this learning modality is the final group project - provide a solution to reform the UN Security Council. This activity is a definitive concrete outcome which can be delivered to the UNSC, as well as, other institutions or the general public for discussion. More Coursera courses should engage in this activity, a capstone project for each course. The "group" provides the best collective outcome at this level although, group behavior does have challenges at times.”
“To the Universiteit Leiden staff, Professor Hosli, Prof Gerrits, Prof Van den Herik, Prof Scott-Smith, Dr Vuković, Prof de Wijk, and all the guest experts: thank you for running the course Changing Global Order. I have learned so much, and the knowledge I have acquired will certainly be an asset to me in my future academic career. This is my second course from Universiteit Leiden, and both have been superb in terms of quality, information, topics, presentation, and so on.”