Super excited to share that I just found three free and self-paced paleontology courses on Coursera that folk might want to check out. They’re run by the University of Alberta, and I’ve also taken their Paleobiology course before and can vouch for quality.
I’m definitely going to do all three, and though followers might want to check them out!
Since I know that many of you are into KPOP and would like to start learning language as well, there is one great way to actually learn KOREAN language plus get a certificate for it. There is course from the Yonsei University through Coursera named First Step Korean. I think that you could learn a lot from this, and in the end, if you pass (at least 60% grade) you can earn verified certificate from Yonsei University through Coursera. (You pay $49 for a certificate, however there’s also option financial aid for those who want to learn and pass, but cannot afford the fee. They usually grant it if you apply, so this is great opportunity for those who want to learn).
It is really easy to enroll. You need to be 18+ though, because if you apply for verified certificate they’ll need to verify your identity. However, if you don’t want to get a certificate, Coursera offers option to AUDIT whole course for FREE. Whole course is college-like (meaning you have video lectures to watch, quizzes to do, maybe some assignments to write and sometimes midterm/final exams.) It lasts 5 weeks and it’s created to be flexible so you maybe need only around 3-4 hours per week for it. The length depends from course to course, and specializations are usually few months long. Link for this course ishere.
There is also similar course for Chinese language Chinese for Beginners from the Peking University, so if you’re interested you can find that one here. It also offers certificate upon completion.
I just think that this is good opportunity for you to learn things that you usually don’t have chance/way to learn. And if you don’t know anything about Coursera, they offer all sorts of coursers and specializations in all possible fields (from Arts through Science to Humanities etc.) to AUDIT for free or pay/get financial aid to get a certificate. There are worlds best universities on the list. So maybe, you could find coursers you like, enroll, and in the end obtain valuable knowledge and a certificate from that particular university! Not only that you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills, but you’ll also have a certificate to present to your employer or others. For example you want to learn to program? Or learn creative writing or learn about worlds energy or some specialization in biology, medicine, economy, law, engineering… etc. They offer all that and more. To be honest, I am very glad that I have opportunity to learn things that were unavailable for me in my country and listen to the worlds best professors. So, I think it’s great opportunity for everyone to learn something they like and later display what they learned with a certificate so I am sharing this with you. Knowledge is power. If you perhaps have any questions how Coursera works, you can ask me anytime.
You can take F R E E online classes in like EVERYTHING. From MAJOR UNIVERSITIES. My friend is taking an animation class and I just signed up for a songwriting course from Berklee (fuckin BERKLEE) that starts in a month. This is CRACK for anybody like me who wants to learn all the things but has no money.
Education for Writers: Magic in Middle Ages, Forensic Science, and Historical Fiction
I thought this could be interesting to you.
One of the best sources of inspiration you can have is knowledge. Learning new things, you will find a well of inspiration and ideas. One of my favorite places to learn is Coursera, where you can find free courses from actual universities. You can learn a few videos at time.
Here are a few I’m currently taking and recommend to writers:
“Understand how basic scientific principles underpin forensic science and can contribute to solving criminal cases.”
This course is in its first week so you should still be able to enroll in it. It explains how forensic science works in real life, both on the science level and as a part of the system of justice. With real-life examples.
“A unique and exciting introduction to the genre and craft of historical fiction, for curious students, aspiring authors–anyone with a passion for the past. Read classics of the genre, encounter bestselling writers of historical fiction, and discover your own historical archive while interacting with a global community of interested readers. ”
This course is on demand and therefore available all the time.
One of the biggest levers on your own life is your ability to form useful habits. When I talk to researchers, when I talk to people wanting to engage in entrepreneurship, I tell them that if you read research papers consistently, if you seriously study half a dozen papers a week and you do that for two years, after those two years you will have learned a lot. This is a fantastic investment in your own long term development.
But that sort of investment, if you spend a whole Saturday studying rather than watching TV, there’s no one there to pat you on the back or tell you you did a good job. Chances are what you learned studying all Saturday won’t make you that much better at your job the following Monday. There are very few, almost no short-term rewards for these things. But it’s a fantastic long-term investment. This is really how you become a great researcher, you have to read a lot.
People that count on willpower to do these things, it almost never works because willpower peters out. Instead I think people that are into creating habits – you know, studying every week, working hard every week – those are the most important. Those are the people most likely to succeed.
Stanford professor, machine learning researcher, Coursera founder Andrew Ng answering “Do you have any helpful habits or routines?” in this really great interview.
The Museum’s acclaimed climate change course is now available on Coursera!
The offering, Our Earth’s Future, is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. Those who register for this free, online class will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who study how climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life. Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today, and consider what that means for the future of our planet. At the end of this course you will be able to understand key scientific principles, identify and address misconceptions, and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.
Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. Our Earth’s Future is one of four Coursera offerings brought to the public by the American Museum of Natural History. Learn more.
I took Dino 101 through Coursera during its first semester (Fall 2013),
and thought it was a great general introduction to dinosaurs. It starts
today, so the interested party may want to enroll soon (the other
classes start later this month and next month, respectively). Dino 101
and the theropod/bird origins class are both taught by the esteemed
paleontologist Philip Currie. And besides, if you’re a reader of my
blog, I’m assuming you don’t need me to give you any reasons to enroll!
I’m interested to try the other two new classes and see what they’re
AAtoast! is super duper excited to release our first app :D Ooh ahh!
Actually, this was created as a Coursera class assignment, but we wanted to share it in case it’s helpful for other artists.
AAbiscuit is a free Android app designed for artists who do commissions.
Use it to quickly calculate a price for your custom art or craft commissions. Once you’ve got a price, you can send a record to yourself or your commissioner using whatever your preferred method is - email, SMS text, or even save it to a note-taking app for use later. Handy for when you’re on-site at an event (like an artist alley!) and don’t have access to all your usual record-keeping tools.
A college degree is the adult version of a macaroni painting your parents put on the fridge. Both are trophies valued most by those who hang it up, but one means taking on debt—lifelong debt, as many people in their 50s are still making student loan payments. The problem has pervaded society to the point where calling it a “student loan crisis” is inaccurate because it affects more than students. The price of education is burying the future under bank notes and sending entire families—not just the students attending college—to the poorhouse.