For those of you who still aren’t sick of studying even during the summer break or for those who want to pimp their CVs with some awesome certificates and skills, I made a list of all of the online platforms where you can take courses. :)

I listed them from my favourite to least favourite. edx is definitely number one since it’s partner with so many good universities and you can get certificates for free (or paid if you want to get your identity verified). So yeah, feel free to try them out and don’t hesitate to ask me about my own experiences with these platforms. ;)

In the Studio: How to paint like Willem de Kooning

“I never was interested in how to make a good painting. I didn’t work on it with the idea of perfection, but to see how far one could go…” - Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning was an artist’s artist, perceived by many of his peers as the leader of the New York avant-garde. Celebrate his birthday “In the Studio,” as we kick off a new session of our free online course. Learn about the materials, techniques, and approaches of de Kooning and six of his fellow New York School artists through studio demonstrations, gallery walkthroughs, readings, and more. Enroll now at

A sampling of the course is now playing on our YouTube channel:

Cái tháng kỳ cục.

- Đầu tháng bị đụng xe.

- Vào ngày sinh nhật thì lên cơn điên mất kiểm soát.

- Xăm giả 1 ngày thì tẩy xăm… kết quả tự hại mình… để sẹo.

- Mua nhẫn tự tặng bản thân thì hết rơi đá… lại rơi đá tiếp..

- Sắp thất nghiệp. 

- … Rồi còn cái gì nữa không? Mới qua có nửa tháng thôi. Chẳng biết nói gì hơn :(

- À… hình như lại lặp lại vài dấu hiệu của trầm cảm :)

Ứ vui!!!

In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

MoMA’s newest free online course, “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting,” has begun, and registration ends tomorrow! Taught by conservator, art historian, and artist Corey D’Augustine, the course combines studio demonstrations, walkthroughs of MoMA’s galleries, close visual analysis of paintings in the collection, and art historical insight to introduce you to seven New York School artists—Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, and Yayoi Kusama. Says D’Augustine: “The more you know about how a painting is done, the more you can recreate the artist’s own perspective and intention, the more you can understand it.” Sign up at

[Mark Rothko. No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black). 1958. Oil on canvas. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2017 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

Yayoi Kusama and more featured in “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting” 

Yayoi Kusama explored the concept of infinite repetition across a broad range of mediums as she forged a path through the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist art world of 1950s New York. For this work, she photographed her Infinity Net paintings, then cut up the black-and-white prints and fit them into a grid. See this and more works by pioneering women abstract artists in the exhibition #MakingSpace, now on view at MoMA.

Learn about the materials, techniques, and approaches of Kusama and six other New York School artists in our newest free online course, “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting.” The next session starts April 24— enroll today at

[Yayoi Kusama. “Accumulation of Nets (No. 7).” c. 1962. Collage of gelatin silver prints. Gift of Agnes Gund. © 2017 Yayoi Kusama]

What MOOCs Can’t Teach

“I like to think of education as giving people superpowers.” With this metaphor, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng summed up the purpose of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, at The Atlantic’s Silicon Valley Summit on Monday: They’re designed to help people gain discrete skills like coding or algebra or French. Education watchers have wondered how MOOCs will affect traditional classroom experiences from the elementary school to the university, and some have even argued that online education will fundamentally change the way students of all ages learn. 

But according to entrepreneurs working in this space, MOOCs were never meant to stand in for regular classrooms. “To make to make this look like a silver bullet somehow—this was never meant to replace schools,” said Sal Khan, the creator of Khan Academy. Both Khan and Ng described their products as educational supplements: Online courses help to fill a “skills gap” for people who are looking to get jobs in a certain industry or transition to a new career. But if someone is “debating between attending Johns Hopkins or taking free Coursera courses—for God’s sake, go to Johns Hopkins,” Ng said.

Read more. [Image: Mike Licht/Flickr]

This Online Class Wants to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Lots of us have had the same New Year’s resolution for as long as we can remember.  Losing weight, drinking less alcohol, and spending more time with family tend to top New Year’s resolution lists—but they are also among the most commonly broken resolutions. Although about 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of us manage to achieve these goals.

Harvard School of Education professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey think we need to use a different approach to change. In their upcoming online EdX course, “Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement,” Kegan and Lahey apply their psychological theory that traditional approaches to making changes can ignore the more complicated underlying reasons people behave the way they do. I spoke with Lahey about why change is so difficult, and how her new course could help people overcome the maladaptive assumptions that are getting in their way.

Read more. [Image: Gary Hershorn/Reuters]

The failure of MOOCs to disrupt higher education has nothing to do with the quality of the courses themselves, many of which are quite good and getting better. Colleges are holding technology at bay because the only thing MOOCs provide is access to world-class professors at an unbeatable price. What they don’t offer are official college degrees, the kind that can get you a job. And that, it turns out, is mostly what college students are paying for.
What's In A MOOC? Online Education Lures Masses With TV-Based Courses

by Ysabel Yates

The rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is currently one of the most polarizing topics in education. While online education is nothing new, MOOCs in 2012 rose in prestige with the launch of edX, a joint venture between Harvard and MIT that offers free online courses. Observers see the two academic powerhouses entering the space as a potentially massive disruption to traditional education. EdX now has 29 universities participating, including Cornell, Boston University, and UC Berkeley.

Today, MOOCs are spread out on a number of different platforms and are attracting more participants every day. This popularity comes at a time when steep tuition costs, lingering recession problems and a slump in employment opportunities for recent college graduates have many people weighing a college degree’s value against its price tag.

Of course, MOOCs have their promoters and detractors, and there’s no simple answer to what their place should be alongside traditional education. To get a better handle on what MOOCs are and where they’re going, Txchnologist looks at how these platforms are changing the way education is delivered and consumed.

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“Hữu duyên thiên lý năng tương ngộ”

Chắc hẳn năm nay mình có duyên với Quảng Bình thật. Cứ tưởng sau vụ miss 30/4 thì đành chia xa từ đây, vậy nên khoảnh khắc vc mình quyết định đi trong vòng vài nốt nhạc và được cái gật đầu từ sếp đã rẽ lối cho mình cơ hội yêu thương mảnh đất mới này.

Đầu tiên là hai địa điểm hot nhất trong hành trình là Sông Chày và Suối Mooc

Bạn chồng lái thuyền kayak rất điêu luyện 😊), nhưng vì nhát hay nói cách khác là hổ sợ nước nên chả tham gia chơi gì cả, tác nghiệp chộp ảnh là chính 😊). Được cái ở đây cảnh đẹp mê li như thiên đường hạ giới, trò chơi mạo hiểm hợp với những người thích cảm giác mạnh nên là mình được trải nghiệm gần hết mọi thứ với đủ giác quan. Nhìn mình mặc đồ bơi ren nơ rồi đeo bờm turban bánh bèo các thứ các thứ làm mọi người ở đấy đều nghĩ mình tiểu thư lắm thì phải, đoạn lên chòi canh gác xin nhảy mấy anh bảo vệ còn nhìn chằm chằm nhắc đi nhắc lại mấy lần em có chắc muốn chơi không, sợ lắm đó 😊).

Nhảy xuống nước từ trên cầu ở sông Moọc nài, đu zipline và đu dây trên Sông Chày đủ cả…Đỉnh điểm là đoạn mình đang mon men đu dây được nửa đường, bụng hí hửng quả này phải đi được 2/3 là ít thì ở đầu bên kia một anh zai bắt đầu đu dây vs trượt zipline cái vèo, xong lại thêm một anh khác, ba người ở trên dây lắc lư lủng lẳng nên cố được tí thì cả 3 anh em đều oải, bỏ cuộc hết ~~. Đoạn mình bám dây thừng leo xuống, tay yếu nên trượt phát toạc luôn mảng da tay ☹(. Lẽ ra màn đu dây xuống nên dành cho mấy bạn tay khỏe như chơi sasuke mới phải, mình không nên yếu mà thích ra gió :-?

Hiện tại khi gõ những dòng này tay mình vẫn chưa hết thương tật và người vẫn chưa hết ê ẩm, nhưng vì biết cảm xúc chỉ là thời điểm nên ngay lúc nó còn đang dâng trào thì mình vẫn muốn chia sẻ luôn. Cực kỳ recommend cho những bạn có ý định đi Quảng Bình, đừng bỏ qua hai địa điểm này nhớ 😊)

My Top Study Tips

After my last semester, I’ve really interrogated which study techniques I employ which work the best and are the most efficient. I paid attention to the difference between the way I worked when I achieved my best grades and when I achieved my lowest. I thought I’d share them

Use Every Moment

There are a lot of times in our life that we could be learning things but we don’t. It’s just about how we think about our time. We live in the age of Podcasts, MOOCS, and iTunes U - these are your best resource. These get downloaded and listened to as you shop for groceries, sit on the bus, walk to and from locations, do the dishes, wash your laundry, clean the house.

Find the universities and thinkers which are at the top of your field and search for podcasts and lectures they have presented.  This is your best exposure to current debates and issues and it has happened frequently that I only understand a concept in class because of a podcast or lecture I listened to independently. 

Don’t Read Everything

This is two-fold. First, how you choose what to read. Second, how you read what you chose.

Professors give huge reading lists with ‘further reading’ often at 25 items per week. That’s impossible to get through. All you should read are the required readings and sometimes not even all of them. Think carefully about what’s going to supplement your lecture and tutorial best. Those further readings are there for your assignments and for those nerdy moments you’ll get where you suddenly become massively interested in the education revolution in France, or Alfred the Great, or the Covenant with Death. Not that I’m calling myself out or anything. The only thing you guarantee if you try is a flame-out or breakdown. Or you do super well in the one subject you are interested in and spend all your time on and not so well in others.

When you’ve chosen what to read don’t spend your life on it. Read quickly - first the introduction and conclusion, then the topic sentences of paragraphs to see if you need to read them. Basically, do what @jamoemills recommends in this video:

Schedule a Day Off

If you work as intensely as education requires and you never stop, never read something for fun, or listen to music, or paint, or exercise outside of that you will burn out. It’s funny but the times when I was most under pressure I achieved the best when I scheduled a day off to relax. That’s the day you schedule your dentist appointments and visit your friends. Watch movies. Read whatever you want for fun. Play games. Your body needs this time to rejuvenate. Then you can jump straight back in and work even better the next day. It’s seems counter-intuitive but it’s true.

Read Your Way to Your Goals

This is a supplement to the podcasts/lecture advice. Read the books in your field which everyone is talking about, they might not always be on your uni reading lists so it’s on you. If everyone is mentioning Arendt, then you order her work and you spend some time coming to grips with it. If the latest release is causing a stir then you want to know what everyone is talking about. Get ahead of the curve and on the same wavelength as everyone in your field. Read Open Access Journal Articles and, when you hit senior year and Grad School, start reading the journals which are ranked best in your field.

This means you will have current and relevant examples for your essays and exams and also means you understand the field much better. Also academic fights are honestly super fun. 

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

With a few keystrokes, you can register for a HarvardX MOOC on Computer Science, Genomics, Justice, or China.  Hundreds of thousands of people have done so, and in a report that we and our coauthors released this week, we show that only about 5 percent of these registrants go on to earn a certificate of completion these courses.  We could have titled the report: “MOOCs have low completion rates.”

Completion rates in courses, and graduation rates in colleges, have long been important metrics for measuring college success. If students invest time and money into earning college credit and then fail to complete a course, this represents an implicit breach of a commitment made by the students, instructor, and institution alike. If 95 percent of students who enrolled in a residential college course dropped out or failed, that course would rightly be considered a disaster.

After digging deeper into the data, however, we decided that completion rates are at best an incomplete measure, a position that is increasingly shared by many others. We would argue further: at worst, completion rates are a measure that threatens the goals of educational access that motivated the creation of MOOCs.

Read more. [Image: John Gress/Reuters]

Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities

Want to better understand the art you see at MoMA? Our free online course Modern Art & Ideas is the perfect introduction. Sign up via Coursera by October 31.

[Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers). 1991. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York]

(via Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities)

anonymous asked:

Is it possible for me to learn French on my own?? I can't afford taking a course this summer and though I have been studying french in school for the last four years I feel like I absolutely know nothing about it. I don't even know where to start.

Hi there! It is possible to learn French  on your own as many people here on tumblr are learning languages without classes or a teacher. As to where to start, I recommend these posts for resources

But most importantly, I advise you to take an online course! :) I love MOOCs and advocate for them because they are FREE and you can learn so much with them. Below I have linked some for French.

Men Take Computer Science; Women Take Cooking Classes

MOOCs are education’s enigma. They were once trumpeted as the solution to rising education costs, as the revolution that would engage bored students and reach people around the globe. But low completion rates and poor results have plagued the courses, and now educators are wondering what sort of a role MOOCs will play a role in the future of education.

One way to understand what MOOCs can and cannot do is to look at who is taking them and what they are looking to learn. Coursera completed a demographic survey of over 200,000 of its students last fall, and they recently shared the results with me.

To some extent, the survey disproves the theory that MOOCs would engage disadvantaged, under-educated students. Almost three out of four enrollees are employed full time. Another 5.8 percent is retired. The average Coursera student is 37 years old.

Read more. [Image: Pat Wellenbach/AP Photo]

Troublemaking artist Marcel Duchamp was born on this day in 1887. Learn why his Readymades were so radical when he first introduced them in this clip, or watch the full video on our YouTube channel