OK, what is a MOOC? “Massive Open Online Courses”, or free classes you can take online. That’s right, free.

Long ago Amazon.com offered courses you took for free. They had a text book of sorts that you purchase from them, or not. Then by way of a message board you did assignments, and had discussions with other students. It all has since gone way of Web 1.0. But, apparently the concept never really went away.

So I have been looking for a grammar/writing class. I could never find a fit. So last week I am reading a Money magazine article (May 2013) “College is Free”.

Long-story-short I am now signed up for “Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade”. It is being given by Mt. San Jacinto College, and yes it is free.

There are Art courses, Computer Science, Literature etc… Taught by professors at MIT, Berkley, and Harvard among others.  You can pay to get college credit for some, others you can only audit without charge. Some are self directed with no time limits, others are set up as a traditional online course with deadlines and discussions. Many that sign up do not finish.  I have read as high as 90%.

A few that may be interest readers:

At Coursera.org you can take a class at Penn State “Introduction to Art”

Saylor.org offers “Art History” coursework with a major

Udacity.com you can learn how to build a blog through “Web Development”

And at edx.org you can investigate the “Ideas of the 20th Century”

So if you sign up for one of these courses, please leave us a comment and let us know what you are taking and/or what you thought of courses you took in the past. Curious minds want to know!

I am a fan of the Couch-To-5K program.  If you are not familiar with it, it is a running program that gradually takes to you running a 5K or for 3o minutes.  Much like running, I have not been blogging on a daily basis.  I could do it, but it would not be of good quality or look pretty.  It makes much more sense to ease into it and build up slowly.

So although I would love to be “blog shape” enough to do a program such as NaBloPoMo, it makes more sense for me to build up slowly.  So the “daily posts” will actually be coming more like every-other day this month.

Right now I am working on finishing the small series of vintage camera studies. There are at least two more to go. Then I will get back to doing portraits. There is also a portrait painting book about to begin. So thank you for coming around and keeping me on my toes!

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A vintage camera study on the easel.

I have been searching for the perfect ‘work-bag’, for years. One that I can carry my netbook, notes and whatever bare necessities I need. I didn’t want to carry a briefcase – come on I wear jeans and t-shirts 99% of the time. I think I am too old for a back pack, at 49.

Well, I found it.

A moment of silence please….

bag

Ta-Dah!

For the record my oldest daughter thinks it is ugly. For me, it is perfect. Mama got bag baby!

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