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Feed Your Mind: Coursera
This will not be a surprise to those of you who’ve caught onto the fact that I’m a giant nerd: I loved being a student… stocking up on textbooks and supplies, pouring over a syllabus, writing assignment dates on my calendar, being tested and graded, and — most especially — learning new things. IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO LEARN NEW THINGS!
A few months ago, Dave took an online songwriting class with Coursera, an education company that offers free online classes with instructors from top universities from all over the world. The courses range from four to twelve weeks, depending on the subject, and include video and reading assignments, graded homework (!), and discussion forums to help students learn the material.
I was browsing the massive list of classes covering just about every subject area, and I found a class that’s perfect for me: The Science of Gastronomy. So while most normal people will enjoy summer by diving into a swimming pool, I’m celebrating the summer by heading into the virtual classroom. Here’s the promo video for The Science of Gastronomy:
This 6-week class starts July 10, and it’s free, so if you’re interested in the science behind how we eat and cook, you might want to sign up.
I have to admit, I was just scrolling through the course list again, and the temptation to register for everything is worse than when I visit a Penzeys store and start buying spices willy-nilly. I just committed to two more classes that have nothing to do with my “dayjob” and everything to do with personal interest: The Holocaust (starts July 15) and A History of the World Since 1300 (starts September 15), the latter of which requires this giant textbook.
Nerd alert! Reading is sexy!