I took a free online class… here’s how it went

I’m looking at free online courses today.

I participated in a course last year. It was formatted much like social media with elements of video as well as articles. Two professors from fancy pants universities oversaw the course. There was no formal grade, but you do receive a certificate of completion. Unless you are me.

Straight up, I did not do well, lol.

It was an Introduction to Fiction Writing course, which I thought I would do ok at (cocky much?), but it required more writing than I could personally muster, and I just couldn’t keep up. Partly because my brain is so sluggish, but in large part, because I realized, I was not in a class of my “peers”.

I assumed most of the students would be at an INTRODUCTION to fiction stage– hahahaha! no. In fact, most were just tidying up their novels before publishing, and every fiction writing assignment was an excerpt from their well-developed books. Bitter? Do I sound bitter? I’m not bitter, I’m getting even. I’m going to show that free, not-for-college-credit, online university who they’re messing with.

Seriously though, it was a good experience, and I did enjoy myself. This ol’ brain needs some regular upkeep before it completely turns to jello pudding. (And I’m not kidding.)

So I’m looking into trying another course. Brave, I know…I am so brave.
There are several starting in the next 2 weeks from Future Learn. Since I can’t go on a sexy vacation to Cancun, I’m doing the next best thing– Summer School! Woop woopπŸŽ‰

Nerd Alert.

For my fellow nerds, I’m including links to a few interesting classes; mind you, there are many more to browse.

P.S., this is not an advertisement. (I suppose the spoiler was me complaining over the last course I took πŸ€”)

Mindfulness for Wellbeing

Radical Spirituality: The Quakers

Exploring the Oceans

Reducing Child Poverty and Inequality around the World

Assisting Disabled Individuals

Researching: How to Write Literature Reviews

The Science of Nutrition

Good Brain, Bad Brain

Nearly 200+ more options here

They’re usually around 3 hours per week, but that depends on how much time you want spend chit chatting in the class forums. Each class overview lists the weekly time estimation. You can also upgrade and pay for the class, which gives you fabulous added features…like being forced to take pop quizzes and writing book reports. (Just kidding, I don’t actually know.)

In college, I took several online classes which I loved. They tend to have so many added elements which traditional courses don’t offer, and as a human being, I prefer setting my own schedule. These free courses are similar, but without the extensive assignments or exams.

I figure, you can just read a book on the subject. Orrrrr… you can instead do a course for a few weeks and learn from several books as well as hear expert opinions, watch video footage, and discuss the topic with other thoughtful adults. Door number 2 please!

Plus- I’ll never read the book, so there’s that…

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 15 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has had a powerful effect on my life through meeting so many remarkable teens, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Eight years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of secondary chronic illnesses. A procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. Over the years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces about spiritual wellness and finding quality of life inside of ongoing illness, I also share health research, awareness information, poetry, memes, art, and this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibro, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard ;)

Posted on May 4, 2018, in Uncategorized, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Great information, now I kind of want to try the free online course. The only problem is I question myself too much and I am way TOO hard on myself!


  2. lol you made me laugh so much!! I also read it to hubby who also laughed and then it spurred further discussion on university courses and how once you’ve been I the real world and held a career job they then seem so out of touch. Not to mention pricey for a piece of paper. Indeed, much better to do courses from free open university where you’re not stuck with silly homework that don’t often help you gain real life skills. Hubby sympathise with you cause he also took a class once that we for beginners but really taken by young experts and he was just lost because instead of fling his job the teacher pandered to the non newbies. They just wanted easy credits but messed up the goal of the course for those who really wanted to learn. I’m sure you did your best Mary. Try a crash course on YouTube maybe if you can’t do homework, there are no assignments lol

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    • Hi Claudia! I’m so happy this brought a smile to your day 😊 Thank you for sharing it with your husband!
      I can relate to your husband as I was in management for yrs, and married with a house before beginning university. Even though the students were just about my age, you do feel that they’re out of touch and the professors are more your peers. I still loved it, and I think adult learners tend to take university more seriously because of exactly what your husband said about the immense expense and realising the importance that piece of paper holds in the working world.


  3. Online courses get a bad reputation of being easy, but in many cases, you really need to study and view all of the material to do well!
    Since it was hard in your case, that means it was probably a higher quality free course too- which means you may have learned some things, and that it wasn’t a waste of time!
    I hope you found it at least a little rewarding!

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    • Thank you! Yes, you’re right!
      I just finished a second course and it was excellent. So far the classes on FutureLearn have been great. I think I expected them to be quite “dumbed down” but they were actually well done πŸ™‚


  4. I realize this post is from May. Does that mean the links are no longer valid? I tried clicking on several and it said can’t be found.


    • Hi Ginny! I suppose those particular classes are no longer available at this time. Future Learn University always has new free classes available. I took a 2 week course on The History of Disability this summer which was excellent. I think FutureLearn.com will have updated course links. Thanks for letting me know the links are out of date!


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