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Learning stuff

It’s that time of the year again, and I’ve enrolled in two new courses – well, I meant to enroll only in one, but then, you know how it happens, and I clicked on the button and… OK; so today I took the first lessons in two new online courses on Futurelearn.

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Karavansara U. – courses #2

The Karavansara University is here again, and this month I’m doing something different – in stead of selecting a number of courses from a variety of sources, I’ll focus on a single resource, because a few interesting courses have been pointed out to me, and because it’s got a cool name: the Khan Academy.

Based on their presentation…

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

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Karavansara U. – first courses

When you have a good idea (or one you think is a good idea), you better put it in practice as soon as possible. Hesitation is a trap. So, I mentioned my idea to present a selection of courses the readers of Karavansara might be interested in taking, using online platforms.

The rules of thumb (we can’t really call them by-laws) of the Karavansara University are quite simple:

  • free online courses
  • related to the topics we usually cover on this blog: adventure & historical fiction, fantasy & pulp, history, the East, the Silk Road, and the whole wide world

And with this in mind, here’s a first selection of five courses that might kindle your curiosity…

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Karavansara University

Here is a good proposition for the coming year: expand Karavansara’s offer of topics and ideas, while remaining within the scope and theme of this blog. Keep talking about adventures, and history, and books, about fantasy and genre fiction, about the East and the pulps, but adding a little something you guys might like.

And you all know how much I love online courses and MOOCs, and how wonderful I think it is the opportunity of learning from home, and for free, about any topic.

So here is what I am planning to do – I’ll do a post, once per month, presenting a curated selection of online courses you might find interesting. Courses about history and literature, maybe writing, possibly languages. Archaelogy and art, and the topics you expect to find covered here on Karavansara. 
No more than four or five courses, all of them free.
No strings attached – just a way to promote learning and, most importantly, curiosity.
I will call it…


(because we have to stay humble)

I hope to have the first selection up between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with courses for the early months of 2019.

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