Saturday, July 13, 2013

Six-word Saturday


Back in school—and loving it!

Last April, some of my poet friends told me about a wonderful free poetry course offered through Coursera, Modern & Contemporary American Poetry. I checked it out and signed up right away, and I'm looking forward to its start in September. I also signed up for some other great courses, and this week I began my first one, History of Rock, Part 2. I'm really enjoying the lectures and the discussions. It's been many years since I graduated with my master's degree—seventeen, actually. Yikes!—but I've always missed being in school, and now it's great to be back!
 
Have you ever taken a Coursera course? Would you?
 
Wishing you all a happy Saturday. ☺

 

46 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful! I tried to click the link but a box came up saying 'function disabled'. Is it an online course?

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    1. The link is working for me. I wonder what that message means? Maybe someone else will have some insight.

      Yes, it's an online course, and so far, it's been a lot of fun. I recommend it. :)

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  2. Good for you, Dana!!! ~~ No, I did not know about Coursera. I looked it up before I started your comment. This looks really great! I may try it.

    I too graduated with an advanced degree and thought I had enough courses that helped my career, etc. But I did want to take, auditing or for credit, all of the Shakespeare courses I could find.

    I did go back to college and taught Business Law and other business courses for 22 years before retiring. I really do like the campus atmosphere.
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    1. I miss being on campus, either teaching there as I did for several years or taking classes. You're right; it's a great atmosphere.

      Let me know if you decide to try Coursera. I'd love to hear what you think.

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  3. I tried your link, Dana, and it worked good for me. I am in London now but so is T Bud so that should not have mattered. When I looked them up I Googled Coursera.
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  4. No, I've never taken one of their courses, because I'd never heard of them before. Sounds great! I'd definitely consider taking a course with them, because I'm an information junkie. Let us know how the course goes for you.

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    1. I definitely will. So far, I'm really enjoying it.

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  5. The thought of going back to school appalls I'm afraid, even having to go to college for my apprenticeship did not appeal but was an evil necessity but I have to admire people who manage to do it. Have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I hope you do, too.

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  6. I loved school, learning new things.

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  7. I started taking a coursera course at the end of last year (something on neurochemistry) but didn't have the time to keep up with it....because I also decided to go back to school (where I actually have to pay tuition) to finish another degree. What can I say? I really love school. But coursera did have some great course offerings, so maybe I'll revisit it when I have some more free time - probably around when my 10-year-old graduates from med school.

    Happy 6WS!!

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    1. I'd love to go back for another degree, too. Best of luck with all your clases!

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  8. I hope you enjoy your course. Going back to school is not on my bucket list!

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    1. Thanks! The only thing I'm not enjoying about it at the moment is that I'm already behind on the video lectures. Argh! ;)

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    1. Let me know if you do. I'd love to hear what you think. ☺

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  10. I haven't bud do consider it...

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  11. I love going back to school. I always get those memories of starting the semester whenever autumn comes :) I hope you enjoy the course!

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    1. I love those memories, too—the new books, the never-before-written-in notebooks, the pens filled with all their ink... :)

      Thanks!

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  12. Hmmmm. Learning to write better poetry. That stimulates this Bear's senses. Need to check that out. Maybe tomorrow.

    For six-word Saturday (at 10:00 o'clock in the morning): "It's raining; I'm 'back to bed.'"

    I mean, what's the point of a six-word Saturday, if you don't do Saturday in six words?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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    1. Let me know if you sign up for the poetry course. It would be nice to take the class with more people I "know." :)

      I usually like to tell a little more about my six words, which is why I often include a paragraph or two. I think you'll find that many of the participants do the same. (Click the badge to see.)

      Have a nice week.

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  13. Yes Dana, that a good news, I can't wait to hear about it when you'll start. After all those years, it's a pleasure to feel your enthusiasm. I never heard about coursera but I checked in your link and it's familiar, I saw the equivalent in french and was thinking about attempting to give some but also take some.

    Happy SWS !!


    Grace

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    1. Thanks, Grace. I'll definitely let you all know how it goes.

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  14. The online courses I take are for continuing education credits. I like most of them, but I wish I felt like I had more time to really do it justice. Something always seems to be more important, and all my commitments seem to get crowded together.

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    1. I hear you. I'm already behind in my video lectures because of other commitments.

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  15. That's awesome! I'd like to take more classes later in life. I'd be a professional student if I could afford it! :)

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  16. Huge proponent of higher ed. here, I'd do it. :)

    Good luck, I hope you continue to love it.

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  17. All the best - you sound so excited and motivated. I love poetry.
    Dropping by from 6WS
    Suzy http://suzyspics.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Thanks. I'm both of those things. I just hope I'm still motivated by the end of the course. ;)

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  18. Yes, it's nice to keep learning about what we like, I love the Rock!

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  19. I've never heard of that before! I think I'll have to sign up for some courses after things settle down here. =) Thanks for telling us about it!

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    1. You're welcome! Let me know if you decide to take something.

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  20. Looks interesting. Bet I could find something to study... I have a few interests.

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    1. There are a ton of great classes. I find it hard to narrow down my favorites. :)

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  21. I wouldn't, because I already have too many irons in the fire.

    Sounds like you're having fun.

    Enjoy!
    JzB

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