East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Another online course

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Thank goodness I’m not watching TV anymore.
I’ve moved my work station from my room back into the library room where it was supposed to be from the start.
Which means that either I’m at the PC writing or doing stuff, or in the kitchen cooking lunch or dinner, or out walking or doing some shopping.
The TV remains in my bedroom – where I’m either sleeping, or reading books.
I prefer books.

But cutting on the TV and living chained to the PC means I’ve got time and means to follow MOOCs – of which I’m a sort of addict.

So, I normally choose my MOOCs based on two criteria:

if they can be useful to power-up my professional CV


if they can provide information or inspiration for my writing

So, while I’ve a pair of courses going for my CV needs (programming in Python and writing proposals), I’ve added a course on the History of China to the mix.
It’s a Harvard University course, offered through the edX platform, and looks very good.


I already followed a course about India on the same platform, provided by the National Australian University, and it was quite good – so why not?

And as I was at it, I threw in also a course, by the Hong Kong University,  on Chinese natural philosophy – it will be quite useful for a project I’ll be working on in the next weeks.


As I mentioned, I’m addicted to MOOCs – and it’s been a while since I perused the edX catalog.
It beats TV programming every day of the week.

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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