3. On-Line Courses/Tutorials
Obviously it is most enjoyable to meet with others, to be sociable and share experiences, however, sometimes there can be problems in achieving this. In circumstances when we cannot meet with others, there are lots of free courses/tutorials on the Internet.
It can also be envisioned that these courses/tutorials could be of great assistance in preparing for regular Group meetings.
FutureLearn (Linked to the right) is a digital education platform. It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University and is the first UK-led massive open on-line course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of January 2017 included 109 UK and international partners and—unlike similar platforms—includes non-university partners such as: the British Museum, European Space Agency, the British Council, UCAS, UNESCO, Cancer Research UK, the National Film and Television School and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Mixed Universities (Linked to the right) edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. EdX is a non profit organization.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University created edX in May 2012. More than 70 schools, nonprofit organizations, and corporations offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website.As of 29 December 2017, edX has around 14 million students taking more than 1,800 courses online.
The Open University - Learning Space has over 600 free courses, each taking between 1 and 50 hours to study. Go to web site by clicking highlighted Open University.
Also Open Culture is another site, American based, that has some 375 free courses, as well as a multitude of other cultural content. Go to this web site by clicking highlighted Open Culture.
You Tube can also be a very useful source of material for craft type and how to, activities.