May 24, 2024: Stakeholder Story: A student from Bangladesh proves his worth

On the 2nd of May we had Sayeed – an MBBS student from Dhaka, registered on

That is not unusual as we have had international students join off and on. Within a week he completed the first two courses and scored an 80% and a 100% respectively. While we applauded him for his scores, we were more impressed about two things:

    1. That he finished the two courses very quickly (unlike a majority of participants)
    2. He gave constructive feedback!! 

    Apart from being specific in his feedback, he pointed out an error, in one of our assessment questions. When we checked it out, we found out that not only was there an error in giving a participant – options for choices, but also there was an ambiguity in the question.

    We got both of these corrected immediately.

    To reward Sayeed, we offered him access to the additional courses that we normally offer only to those who donate certain amounts, (or to institutions who pay a fee). We have offered him access to all these courses for a period of three months.

    In a little over two weeks he completed the Mendeley course, scoring 86% in the same. This, despite the fact that he uses a Mac, and our course is based on the Windows version. What is important is he learnt from our course and could apply the knowledge in his context.

    We are proud of Sayeed and hope he not only completes all courses, but also revisits them for thorough learning. Once again – we notice that undergrad students often learn very thoroughly and this strengthens our belief that our courses should be made mandatory for them to finish at their pace, during their undergrad student days!

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