Edx.org is a great place to broaden your horizons for free! There are many online classes from major universities around the world that you can sign up for. Some charge for cretit hours, but most of them are free. If you like, you can pay a nominal fee to get something akin to a certificate of participation of you want to use the course for professional development requirements. Otherwise, there’s no charge. Learning is fun!
I’ve been meaning to do this for years, but I keep procrastinating. I thought perhaps if I gathered up and made my own virtual classmates, I’d be more motivated to do it. Anyone interested in starting this up? I’d have to figure out how to make a forum, or someone can volunteer. Maybe we could get together on Skype and do homework together. It would be like college without the keg parties and the crushing student loan debt.
I’m a writer, so most of my interests lean that way. Here are the classes I’d like to take. There are some very cool courses in draft writing and plotting, but they just started a few days ago. So these will have to do until the next round of novel rating classes begin.
Reinvent Yourself. Unleash your Creativity June 6th. From the University of Texas. The only downside is that it starts June 6th and we’d have to hustle.
English Grammar and Style Starts July 25th. From the University of Queensland. Mastering grammar-fu skills is always a good idea. My only concern is that the time difference might make things tricky for those of us in the US. I’m not sure how much that matters.
Entrepreneurial Opportunities. . Starts September 13th From the University of Adelaide. I think this could help promote future books.
There are many other courses I’d be interested in, but they aren’t directly related to writing. I find many subjects interesting. There are some book clubs from Berkeley that look pretty interesting.
There are also courses that you can start on your own schedule. We could set forth whenever we wanted.
The Science of Happiness – Authors are known to be a moody lot. We could all use a course in happiness.
Career Edge: Design Your Career – I REALLY want to take it!
Unlocking Your Employability – I’m heading back to the job force after over five years. I need to make myself employable.
There are other free course listings on other sites, but this one has the best schools and it’s easy to navigate. If anyone finds a class on this or another site they’d find more ingesting, let me know. I may not reply right away because this is a scheduled post. I’ll be offline for the holiday for the most part.
If anyone is interested let me know. Join me! We could all make friends. Let’s put the “social” back into social media.