Parallel to that, B. and I were in the process of moving to another apartment, a little bigger than the one we have. The day after I finished the grading, I started packing full speed. We were supposed to move yesterday. However, we were very unfortunate in the movers we hired. I saw one buying a 12 pack of Budweiser at 11:30 in the morning, and it all went downhill from there. Long story short: I fired them on the spot, told them to get out of the apartment. Luckily, we hadn't signed anything nor made a deposit, and they had no financial information about us. Never hire "All My Sons", they are incredibly unprofessional. So after we dealt with that, we went to our current landlord and he agreed to let us stay here until July 15th if we paid a half month rent. I know we are doing him a favor (he hasn't even started showing the apartment), but it is also convenient for us even though we'll have to pay half month rent here (less than $400. I'd rather not pay it, but it's not tragic and it gives us peace of mind).
As a result of those weeks, I thought of abandoned the MOOC on Latin American culture. Today, since I had some time, I logged in for the first time in two weeks. It looks like it's collapsing. Here is what I said in a comment in a previous post:
I entered the course page tonight for the first time, left a couple of replies, started a thread, and I was surprised to see that I am still among the top contributors, even though I had been absent for over two weeks. I also took the last three quizzes without even looking at the material: 2 90%, and one 100%. They are so obvious. I also noticed that a lot of people seem to have abandoned the ship. There were very few replies to most threads, and the help section was populated with people complaining about confusion, their grades, etc. And the staff replies were not very helpful. A few of them sounded annoyed, like "well, it's clear that the explanation is on the second link on the left after you click on tab b, so if you can't follow instructions it's not our fault"To give you an idea, one of the discussion questions for the forum was: "Is urbanization good or bad for Latin American countries development?" As a question, it is pointless, since urbanization is inevitable and has been going on for 100 years. There are much better ways to phrase it (give examples of innovative urban development in Latin American cities could be one). Anonymous, do you have more to add? I'd love to hear your opinions