I’ve found some sites online that offer free college courses from colleges such as Stanford, Yale, Ohio State, etc. I knew they were out there but had never really given them much of a looking at, for whatever reason. Now, all I have to do is find the time to utilize them.
When I have the time, I usually don’t have the inclination because I’m worn out, but I’m thinking I need to kick myself in the butt and make it happen. I need something other than work to focus on. Sure, I have the garden stuffs, but there isn’t a whole lot I can do with that at the moment.
I know I haven’t been very good at writing on here lately. As I’ve said before, I’m a bit bored with my life. Its the same thing day in and day out and it gets a bit boring to write about. Being bored ends up with me being discontent and feeling not very creative. I need something to spark my mind into wrapping itself around it.
Coursera (www.coursera.org) has a few classes that interest me. There is “The Addicted Brain” offered through Emory University, “Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences – Unit 1:Historical Foundations” offered through Rutgers University, and “Greek and Roman Mythology” offered through the University of Pennsylvania. Some of the courses offered are work at your own pace and others are scheduled classes with a start date. Coursera also offers Specializations.
On Open Culture (www.openculture.com), there are some psychology courses/classes, like “The World of Abnormal Psychology” offered by a Stanford professor and “The New Psychology of Depression” offered by two professors from Oxford University, that are grabbing my attention. I’m not as sure how this site works but it looks like the courses/classes are offered through downloadable audio and/or video. I’m going to need to wander around the site a bit more to better understand how it works and to see what other classes/courses they offer that might interest me.
Academic Earth (www.academicearth.org) offers 750 free classes/courses in subject areas such as Art and Design, Social Science, Test Preparation, and Business, to name a few. I haven’t spent any time seeing which classes are offered in these or other topic areas, yet. A quick selection shows me that the classes are offered through YouTube videos. Click on the one that interests you and you are taken to YouTube, where you can see which school’s professor is giving the lecture. This doesn’t seem as thorough as some of the other sites I’ve checked out, but also a good source of moderate info.
Of course, there are a number of other sites that offer free classes/courses online. I do not see me going through them all because it would leave me completely enmeshed in the finding and I would never get any of them started or completed. Academic Earth may be a good place to start, for me, because the lectures are videos that last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. Something I can easily place into my world. I love background noise when I’m doing the dishes so I could always load some of these up and listen to them then.
Well, its time for me to get ready for work. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!