Posts Tagged With: online university

LEARN to WRITE on Coursera

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write narancsNow which category does this post belongra to? Learn? Write? I am starting to realize that Read-Learn-Write overlap a bit more often than I expected. But the purpose was to post about all of them, so not a big trouble if one post contains several of the Thought Factory’s major topics, right?

I haven’t taken much time to visit Coursera recently but I always check out their course selection they send me, just in case. And just in case has just popped up in my mailbox: they are now offering the course ‘Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade’. I have never seen such an opportunity on Coursera, so precisely ‘on-topic’ for me – so of course I have enrolled. Honestly, I do not know how much time I will have to follow it (just look at how much I have posted nowadays to see what I mean), but it’s just something I have no chance to resist. A free online university course on Fundamental English Writing? Whatever, I’m in!

Which means that hopefully you can now expect to see snippets of interesting information about the craft of writing here in the Thought Factory. Only… someone please give/sell/steal some time for me so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself.

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Learn about Comic Books!

I have already written about Coursera and look what they have to offer now: Comic Books and Graphic Novels. An entire course by the University of Colorado Boulder, starting in September, about comics as part of the literary culture.

What do I expect to get from this? ‘You will learn a mode of reading that will allow you to appreciate comics in a new depth.  You will learn an effective mode of writing that will allow you to express your thinking clearly.  Most importantly, you will also learn the power of the imagination as a force for change: Art is Generative, so there is always hope.’

This in itself makes it worthy of my literary attention – not the graphic, because me and drawing are quite distant beings. But I am interested in all forms of literature and even though I am not a comic-fan I believe that this mode of expression may teach a lot about character creation and story structure building to any novel-writer. New perspectives are always worth considering and this here is a whole new perspective.

So, who is participating and what is your main motivator?

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University 2.0: Coursera

CourseraIn the previous post I complained about the excessive number of writing guides and the dilemma of choice – but books are not the only source for learning a craft (because art or not, there is some craft to writing you need to learn to become an artist… or at least, I definitely need to). For example, you can take a creative writing Master’s online for 30k $ – unless you are a student earning close to nothing, so I kept looking for cheaper ways. Besides some nice tutorials and series on YouTube channels like Martha Alderson’s or Writer’s Digest’s, we have now some real university courses for free.

Whoever thought that after over five years of university I would feel like enrolling in more courses? But this time, instead of being given a schedule, I get to choose my courses and whether I want to study Modern American Poetry, Genetics and Evolution, Social Network Analysis – or all three at the same time. I visit the lectures whenever I want to and wherever I want to, as they are online, and interact with other students from all around the world. And these are university courses, all free and optional. And much more fun than the ‘traditional’ ones (this probably has something to do with the being optional).

Of course, I’m talking about Coursera.org, which offers 213 courses at the moment, and which I fell in love with the moment I saw it. For someone so curious as me, wanting to know everything, it sounds a bit like heaven. If you’ve ever surfed Wikipedia just because it was all so interesting, you know what I’m talking about. I can finally take the courses of, say, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and the University of Michigan, all at the same time. Some introductory ones, of course, when it’s not much related to my own field(s). I so felt for the stick figure when it asked “Can I graduate in the universe and everything?” (or something like that), and now I feel a bit like I could. Well, maybe not graduate, but find out a lot more, in an organized way (not like Wikipedia is not organized… or trustworthy, right?). I’m just keeping my fingers crossed to see some more writing and/or literature related courses coming up. We already have the Modern American Poetry, The Fiction of Relationship, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Writing in the Sciences and English Composition I: Achieving Expertise. Anyone else taking or joining any of these?

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