Rodneys MOOC Recommendations
Massive Open Online Courses - Recommendations
Welcome to the wonderful world of online courseware.
With more time on our hands at the moment, why not take the opportunity to learn something new using distance learning techniques, and, indeed, learn it at your own pace!
PR and Communications Coordinator Rodney Fox points out that, if you have a computer with an internet connection, you can use your new spare time to learn from a choice of hundreds of subjects by using free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). For example, if you have an interest in either of the below MOOC courses, contact Rodney via the 'Click to send a message!' above to help you enrol for that course.
A good definition of a MOOC is “An opportunity to learn about a subject from an expert in the company of other interested learners”
Now for some new MOOC courses.
The Architectural Imagination
Learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history’s important buildings. Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian. Link here .... Architectural Imagination
A self-paced course with 3-5 hours of material each week
Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way
Discover the mighty kingdom of Assyria, which came to be the world’s first great empire three thousand years ago. From the 9th to the 7th centuries BC, during the imperial phase of Assyria’s long history. Link here ........The Assyrian Way
A self-paced course with 4-5 hours of material each week for 11 weeks
Fashion Style Icons and Design History
While the term “Fashion Icon” is relatively modern, fashion has always been defined and redefined by bold visionaries throughout history. Images of today's celebrities and fashion mavens are ever-present, but long before the selfie, sculpture and painting captured individuals and their fashion styling. Designers still look to these powerful sources for fashion elements and inspiration, and this course will trace the history of clothing and the way that themes have been interpreted over the last 500 years. Link here.... Fashion Icons. A self-paced course from Kadenze
Start Writing Fiction
Get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters, with this hands-on course. Link here ...... Writing Fiction.
A self-paced course with 3 hours material for each of 8 weeks
Rodney spends time and effort in selecting and publishing these MOOC recommendations every few weeks. Occasionally he would like to receive some feedback from anyone who takes up his recommendation and joins one of these MOOC courses. Please let Rodney know.
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Remember, these MOOC courses are normally free unless you sign up to receive a certificate.