East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Learning more stuff

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Here we go again: end of the year, new lists of MOOCs and online courses get published. So much to learn, so much knowledge availabe. And I realize that, as a product of the 1970s/1980s Italian school system, what I learned, deeply and inescapably, in school, is how to l earn. I like learning stuff.

And so I went through the list of December MOOCs you can find on the OpenCulture website, and after spending half an hour checking the links and weighing the offer, I enrolled in two new courses.

One, is an interesting thing called How music can change your life, offered by the University of Melbourne, and it sounds (aha!) like the sort of fun thing that might actually suggest new story ideas. This is one of those courses I do really just because they are entertaining, and they are better than watching the TV. 

The other course is a MOOC provided by La Sapienza University in Rome, and is my first MOOC in Italian – weird as it may sound. It is a course focused on the archaeology of the civilizations of the Levant, between the 3rd and the 1st Millenium BC. This is another small piece in my ongoing study of archaeology, and once again it’s a good source for ideas, I hope.

Both courses are offered through the Coursera platform, that is not my favorite but, hey, one has to adapt. They are free, but interested parties can pay to get an assessment and a certificate. This is beyond my interests at the moment.

So, it looks like in this coming month I’ll have two more busy nights during the week. But it’s helping me keep the brain working, keep melancholy at bay, and dealing with insomnia.

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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