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My Education Plan

Now that I know I can successfully take a college level course, and that I enjoy learning online - I am going to try and take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities there are for online learning. In fact, I have developed A Plan!

The majority of my learning will be through Coursera, because I really enjoyed the format of the sociology class there, and there is something to be said for having a live real-time sort of feel to the class. I liked the way things were set up, and having active forums to discuss the topics in was really great.

So here is my main schedule with Coursera courses:

Listening to World Music - July 23, 7 weeks
Book - none

Intro to Sustainability - August 27th, 8 weeks
Book - downloadable from http://www.earth.illinois.edu/sustain/sustainability_text.html - downloaded epub version!

Statistics One - Sept 3, 6 weeks
Book - Statistics by Freedman, Pisani, & Purves , download R software

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry - Sept 10, 10 weeks
Book - none (read Walt Whitman Song of Myself, some Emily Dickinson before first class)

History of the World since 1300 - Sept 17, 12 weeks
Book - Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 CE to the Present Volume II - already purchased!

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue - Novemeber 26, 12 weeks
Book - Understanding Arguments, by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Robert Fogeli

Introductory Human Physiology- January 23, 12 weeks
Book - Physiology Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Robert I. Macey and Esmail Meisami - coloring book! How fun!

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life - January 28, 5 weeks
Book - Lunine, J. Astrobiology: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Introduction to Philosophy - January 28, 7 weeks
Book - none

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education - Feb 25, 4 weeks
Book - none

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior- March 25, 6 weeks
Book - course will have selections from - (Predictably Irrational (2008), The Upside of Irrationality (2010), and The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty (2012) by Dan Ariely

TBA, aka: We have No Idea When We are Having This:
Basic Behavioral Neurology
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution
Planet Earth (book - Marshak, S., Essentials of Geology, and Google Earth required)
How Things Work 1
Modern World History (since 1760)
The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness
Know Thyself

And then there's supplementary courses i can take from other online places when I've got a gap in my Coursera courses, or when I just feel like watching / reading something . These are all self-paced so I can take them whenever. The only problem with the Saylor ones is they require iTunes which means I will have to install that to view lectures.

PSYCH 101 - Introduction to Psychology
ENGL 101 - Introduction to Cultural and Literary Studies
COMM 101 - Public Speaking

Acrylic painting techniques and color theory
How to Draw the Figure
Eng 291 - The American Novel Since 1945
Eng 300 - Intro to Theory of Literature
Biology 1a
How Indians Made America: History before Columbus
African American Studies
Holocaust in Film and Literature
Who Are the Egyptians
Psychology 1
Science, Magic, and Religion
elixir: water and humans
Learn Knitting
Learn Sewing
TS Eliot
Ancient Greek Religion
Music Theory
Behavioral Neuroscience
Intro to Pscyh
Modern Poetry

Others to Consider:
TED talks

Khan Academy

Open University (YouTube)

Open Yale

MIT open courseware

Harvard Open Courseware

EdEx whenever that opens


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 18th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I didn't realize that the course you were talking about was online. Well, I guess I knew they were online but I thought they were, I don't know, something other than this. So I signed up for Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World to check it out and see if this is something I want to continue doing! Thanks for the link (from FB)!
Jul. 18th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
You are welcome! Though you likely saw it in two places since i posted it to this journal too hee.

Aren't there some great classes? My next one is World Music, and I can't wait!

Coursera is the best place, but some of the other places are pretty good too.
Jul. 18th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Awesome! I hope you enjoy it!
Jul. 18th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
online school
Good job, especially of leaving links for others.
Jul. 21st, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
very impressive :-)
Good luck
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