Of all the courses taken, I completed only one–and absolutely not on time.
In the last four years, I subscribed to seven online courses on various MOOCs: (1) Introduction to Ancient Greek History provided by OYC; (2) The Ancient Greeks provided by Coursera; (3) Greek and Roman Mythology provided by Coursera; (4) Introduction to Public Speaking provided by Coursera; (5) Modern & Contemporary American Poetry provided by Coursera; (6) Introduction to Theory of Literature provided by OYC; and (7) Introduction to Dutch provided by Future Learn.
The primary reason to do so was to expand knowledge in the spheres that were of particular interest to me, in particular the culture of Ancient Greece and Literature. I was able to complete the first one with Pr. Kagan from Yale University in three years. With two courses, I was close to the end (#2 and #3), and the rest I watched only a few lectures.
My goal was never to get a certificate, instead I was looking for alternative views on the topics I was familiar with in my previous studies of Ancient Greek. With Public Speaking, I watched only 3 weeks out of the assigned 10, and those introductory lectures were the most important for me in terms of practicality (judging by the course syllabus).
The last three on the list (##5-7) I either watched 1 or 2 lectures or not even opened (Dutch). The reason being, I did not have time. I think my major problem with not completing certain courses is overestimation of my capacities. Being a full-time student as I was for most of my life (combining with working full-time), I simply did not have enough hours in the day and physical strength to complete those. One more reason was that I was bought into the great names of the courses. The idea of taking them was much stronger than the actual desire to take them. In my mind, I already took them, but reality came in, and it was hard to juggle everything.
I plan to get back to those courses later. Perhaps when I’m 56 and I’m no longer a student LOL
Take care : )