The MOOC Experience…

NaNoWriMo had been great so far, but it hasn’t taken control of my life like my blog would make it seem. I wanted to give a tiny shout out to another part of my adventure year that I’ve been enjoying: taking online classes.

 Despite my mom’s pleading, none of my siblings have really considered online college. I guess we were all too excited about finally having professors, classrooms, and peers. I want to learn how to sit behind a desk and watch and lecture and know what disguisting cafeteria food tastes like, you know?

In the meantime, on my way towards a physical university, I’ve been quite enjoying free online classes and have been pleasantly surprised with the quality and peer interaction levels that I’ve found.

Some of the best colleges in the world offer online versions of their classes for absolutely no cost. You don’t recieve college credit or formal recognition, but you get to learn from some of the brightest minds in the world. 

As a gap year kid, I must admit I was a bit worried about my brain rotting. I need to keep sharp for college studies next year.

Suddenly I love the internet a little bit more. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESOURCES!

The last class I took was a Global History Lab – which I highly highly reccomend for anyone interested in history and/or international studies. Not only did I learn a lot, but I was able to interact and work on projects with other history lovers from around the world. Seriously, my team was made of people from the U.S., South Africa, and The Netherlands. Working with people from diverse backrounds helped expose my personal bias and culture. 

I was pretty thrilled last week when I found out that I earned a statement of accomplishment from that class. I might not get college credit or formal recognition, but it was a valuable experience that I won’t forget. 
Anyway – if you have any interest in anything from astronomy to gastronomy, juggling, weather patterns in the Indian ocean, or anything else – there is sure to be a free online class for it somewhere. Here are some of my favorite places to look for classes: 
And THIS is a great website for finding courses offered by top universities. 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

4 thoughts on “The MOOC Experience…”

  1. That DOES sound like a good idea. o.O I took a few online courses, but they were credited ones, to see if I wanted to go to uni. ugh. I did NOT. Studying isn't really my thing…I prefer hands on. 😉 But it's still SO cool that there's so many free resources!

    Although….personally…in a perfect world, I kind of thinking learning should be free. *shrugs* BUT I'M WEIRD.


  2. AGREED. I suggest that free education should happen as soon as you finish your rise to world domination. Okay?

    Oh and also, learning is for everyone, college isn't. I'd love to hear more about your online experience though. The whole idea intrigues me very much. Some people say that the internet is the university of the future. Some people say that is how education will become free.


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