We spoke with Youssouf, a third-year undergraduate student in economics and management at the Louvain School of Management (LSM), about his experience learning on edX.
Anything you’d like to share about your experience with edX and how it has helped to advance your studies?
I discovered LouvainX MOOCs on edX when I found it too difficult to find time to go to class. At that time, I had to work. I even worked a little too much because there were more urgent issues [than attending classes] that I had to take care of. After work, I was able to come back home and log in to edX. Professor Isabelle Platten’s principles of finance course had the same table of contents as her MOOC version, and at the end of the year, I managed to get a grade of 14/20!
It may sound silly, but even with 2-minute videos, I would stop the video and try to redo the related exercises. If I still had a question, I could ask it on the discussion forum. There is a community there, with people from different nationalities, ages and points of view. Without even any intervention of the teacher, we can find the right solution!
How did the courses help you gain more confidence with people and in your learning /develop specific skills?
Before taking the strategy class, I was scared. People said it was a difficult class. The first session of this face-to-face course, I did not validate it. Then, I took the course on edX, so I did not have the pressure and it was very easy. From 6 out of 20 in the first session, I went to 16/20 the second time I took the exam! Now that I am more confident in this learning, I plan to pursue the MicroMasters® program in Management after this Masters at the LSM.
How have you been able to get more skills to be ready for the job market?
When I get a job, I will be able to tell my employer that not only I have taken a conventional diploma, but beyond that, that I have done something ELSE. For my personal esteem, it is also a plus. I come from Chad, I had to leave my country and I came to Belgium. And with edX I can also earn, for example, a MicroMasters program certificate. It’s a story to tell, something I will have done in my life!
What advice would you give to new learners?
To new learners, I would tell them to be patient and especially to get started. Things are much more simple than they seem!