Mentor Community Spotlight: Hong Chee Joo

Coursera courses have opened doors to new work and networking opportunities including conducting talks and workshops on the topics relating to the courses

Our spotlight this week is on Hong Chee Joo. Hong Chee is a Mentor in Learning How To Learn (English), Learning How To Learn (Chinese), Introduction to Communication Science, Modern American Poetry.

What’s your favorite Coursera course and why? 

My favorite Coursera course is Learning How To Learn. The course offers vital insights into learning and is presented in a fun and engaging format. Also, given the fast pace of change and growing importance of lifelong learning, I feel that this is a highly relevant and useful course in the new economy.

What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?

In addition to the joy of learning, Coursera courses have opened doors to new work and networking opportunities as I am invited by various schools to conduct talks and workshops on various topics relating to the courses I had completed, ranging from learning, creativity and innovation, personal motivation and goal-setting.

I have also been most privileged to be given the chance to become the Lead Mentor for the new Chinese platform of Learning How To Learn and this has enabled me to develop leadership skills in building and managing an international team of highly-qualified Mentors for the course.

Which courses do you Mentor? What do you like most about the courses?

I Mentor Learning How To Learn (English), Learning How To Learn (Chinese), Introduction to Communication Science, Modern American Poetry. I enjoy the diversity of helping and learning from different learning communities.

How did you decide to become a Mentor?

I have completed 18 Coursera MOOCs and was invited to become a Mentor for some of the courses. Mentoring is a meaningful way to give back to the MOOC community and to further my own learning. It also allows me to have a more all-rounded perspective of MOOCs as I get to better appreciate what goes on behind the scenes of a MOOC.

What does the Coursera/Mentor community mean to you?

The Mentor community is a source of support and inspiration; it’s not just about having the smarts (and I know for a fact that there are many brilliant Mentors in the community), but also about having the heart – the willingness and capacity to lend a helping hand to others who are seeking to better themselves through learning.