I have a feeling that I will soon begin to hallucinate if I don't start sleeping properly in the near future. I had some weird mental stuff going on today and had to snap myself out of it. I'm dozing off and barely conscious during the day, but come nightfall I feel good, I feel awake. I guess us demi-vampires can only be daywalkers for so long before our true nature reigns us back in.
The company for which I edit research papers put out a new contract. I wasted my time reading through it, then took the plunge and rejected it, so I will no longer be working for them, effective in two days.
I'd been considering quitting for some time because my supervisors' bumbling had my QC scores down so low that I was being paid a measly eleven dollars per 1000 words. I'm earning way more than that with my clients (way more than the max pay, even), and business is reasonably good. I'd only been holding on to that job (not working but not quitting either) as a kind of insurance plan for when my other work dried up, but the pay is so low and I have so much money in my bank account, it isn't even worth that now.
At the moment, I am so out of it all day that I do not want any new editing jobs; I doubt that I could give them sufficient attention. I am fortunate that my QC project requires little attention.
I was glad to find out that edX offers financial aid. I'd been upset at the $99 price tag on the Agile development course, especially given that certification requires two additional courses.
Coursera and edX seem to be transforming into more business-like outfits. Both used to offer free honor system certificates, but edX has stopped altogether and only a few old Coursera courses continue to offer them. Certificates for all edX courses and new Coursera courses must be purchased.
Some Coursera courses don't even allow students to submit homework and take quizzes if they aren't on the paid track, and figuring out how to audit Coursera's courses isn't as easy as it used to be. This evolution seems antithetical to the organization's free and open education philosophy.
There has been much discussion (and even a few studies) about the role of and student performance in MOOCs, particularly in relation to traditional educational institutions and disadvantaged students.
I've been particularly interested in the discussions about whether MOOCs increase opportunities for poor students, but there may not be much to see given the decrease in free offerings. Financial aid is available from both edX and Coursera (the two biggest holders of the MOOC pie, as far as I can tell), but it isn't guaranteed (although I did receive financial aid for every single Coursera course for which I requested it), and I really wonder if many students (especially U.S. students) would bother. They could do the same with community college.
Fees or no, I'm quite sure that MOOCs will do little for disadvantaged students because I expect that most of this population lacks a crucial skill/learning temperament: independent learning. Besides that, most MOOCs are college-level courses, for which most disadvantaged students undoubtedly lack prerequisites. The hordes of would-be community-college students who haven't yet passed first semester algebra are not going to benefit from programming and data science MOOCs. They may
be prepared for some of the humanities MOOCs (then again, many new high school grades typically cannot write), but the humanities don't offer as many opportunities as STEM disciplines, and opportunities are exactly what these students need.
I don't feel very tired, so I'm going to go to bed at a more organic time rather than trying to force myself to sleep early.