I’m still alive – I didn’t fry myself to death with my iontophoresis gadget. I just took a break from it while I wait for materials.
Maybe you’re like me, and you get excited about all the course offerings at MOOCs like Coursera and EdX that you enroll in a dozen courses at once. You assume there’s going to be a calendar with all your assignment and quiz due dates, like there is with every other professional online course you’ve ever taken via another platform.
But there isn’t, and if you’re a stickler for user experience and good design like I am, you lose all interest in taking the courses when you realize how long it’s going to take to manually add all these due dates to your calendar. Ok, so I’m kind of an absolutist when it comes to efficient and elegant solutions, hopefully you’re not like me. This is still a frustrating problem with a frustratingly easy solution on Coursera’s part.
Someone requested a calendar feature for Coursera 5 years ago. It’s been 5 years, and Coursera still doesn’t have a calendar feature. The only other option for a calendar no longer works, and if Coursera has an API, I can’t find it.
The calendar data is there, it just needs to be accessed and organized. That’s where the Google Chrome extension Data Miner and Google Sheets (or any spreadsheet) comes in.