East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Back to school (but did I ever leave?)

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what_is_moocYes, I know, I already told you about MOOCs, and I’m probably boring you to death.
Fact is, my own MOOC curriculum is expanding fast, and I’m currently as busy as I was when I was studying for my degree – with two substantial differences.

First – I’m not paying a fortune in taxes.
Second – I’m studying quietly at home, basically improving my culture instead of watching old movies or silly TV shows on the telly.

And I can see a pattern emerging.

Right now, I’m following

Not bad, for a first semester1.
later, I’ll be doing a course on underwater archaeology – but that’s in the future2.

Right now, I stand by my opinion – MOOCs are the best thing since sliced bread, and are an absolute Aladdin‘s Cave of informations, ideas and skills for anyone interested in writing.

And yes, I know, I keep harping about the joys of continued education – but really, to me this is the future (finally!) happening: I can study with the best, building my own curriculum based on my interests, and I can put my new skills to work doing something I love, writing.
It does not get any better than this.

  1. actually, this would be the first semester of my second year, the first having consisted of a course in Transmediatic Storytelling, a course on the history of British Colonialism and one on the history and archaelogy of Stonehenge
  2. I also enrolled in a course about the psychology of genius, but that was a favor I did for a friend, and I might drop out along the way. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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