New Adventures in Online Learning.

In my guise of Study Adventurer I decided to try a few Coursera offerings over the next few months.

For those of you who don’t know, Coursera is a website that allows ‘real life’ universities to offer unaccredited online courses on a range of different topics. My interest was originally piqued back when I was still expecting to do my Tolkien dissertation, and noticed a course called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative which focusses on Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings Online, enrolling for July 2013.

Since finishing the PGDip I now have some free time at my disposal, and what better way to use it than to experiment with some online learning? With that in mind I also enrolled on Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques and Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations, both of which started at the end of May.

So why these? Partly as a palate cleanser after all those heavy Victorian novels, partly because I love learning, partly because I was curious as to how it works; my only previous experience of distance-learning was back before computers were so ubiquitous and e-learning was the new hope for mankind, so I’m interested to see how the interaction with tutors and other students compares.

Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts, and perhaps a pic or two of my crimes against art.