Hey there, Skill Miner is online and here are my points why you should not pay for MITx: 2.830.1x Manufacturing Process Control: Variation Modelling and Control course on edx.org.
The story behind
This was my 6th course in MITx series. I remember that day. A slight twilight behind the window indicated the end of a decently hard working day. We had just finished a massive (60 pages) review paper on some polymeric stuff with my colleagues, when I came across this wonderful, as I thought, opportunity. MIT had launched a MicroMaster’s program in Principles of Manufacturing and the first course was dedicated to the statistical process control. “Here we are”,- came into my mind. God, if I only knew.
If your target is too learn how to apply some statistical tools in practice, to create control charts, and to reduce the variability of your processes, I have to disappoint you. This course has quite a unique imagination on what your learning outputs should look like.
Why this course will not meet your expectations
- This course will teach you how to avoid any practical implementation of theory. Thus it doesn’t have any Recitations;
- It will teach you how to fail to solve any statistical task without using any software (even Excel);
- Ambiguous wording will teach you humbleness and give you understanding that you still have a lot to master in English;
- Errors and mistakes in tasks and answers will teach you that life isn’t fair;
- Longtime responding staff will teach you patience.
- Even as a verified learner you will not get any extras except a certificate. No additional case studies, and no online conferences.
You have very scarce chances to obtain any of the skills that course promises. It is a real-time trial paid by a huge learners society (175$ for a certificate) and the best thing the staff did, in the end, is reducing passing threshold from 75% to 60%, because too many people failed. The only positive thing is that you will drastically improve your skill in Internet searching;
The Production Management skills to mine
Here are my grades and you can see a visible reducing trend, although I’ve managed to get a certificate even for the original conditions. Have I learned, what I wanted? No. Here are top 5 skills that this course might help you to develop.
So, the decision is up to you.