He was in the air before another thought crossed his mind. Arms out, falling backwards, staring up into the hot near-noon sky with the confident assurance of all twelve of his years that death and injury were things reserved solely for people that weren’t Bug. He screamed as he fell, in wild exultation…
MIT is offering free online courses in many topics that might be of interest to followers of this blog!
I know many of us can’t afford the kind of tuition that these institutions charge. Luckily, MIT is offering older courses for free to people interested in learning on their own time.
These classes can be taken at their own pace, or you can just peruse them for articles and texts of interest to you. Self-directed learning can be very gratifying, and you can do the assignments if you wish.
You’ll see that you can narrow down these topics by sub-topic and specialty:
Then, scroll down to see your results:
When you click on a course, a window will pop up, and you can select “View Course”:
This will take you to the course, where you can browse the syllabus, required texts, readings, assignments, and more!
Important: Although main texts for the course may need to be purchased, it is worthwhile to search Google Books for them, and check to see if some of the assigned readings are available in the preview sections of the ebook. (Many instructors advise students to do this in the beginning of classes!)
Moreover, MANY OF THE ASSIGNED READINGS HAVE EMBEDDED LINKS TO PDFS OF THE READING ASSIGNMENTS. They are included, and will NOT need to be purchased.
Of course these classes are “As taught in 2010” or otherwise a few years “out of date”, but it’s very unlikely that the class structure or materials will have changed much.
They have many Math and Science courses as well as Humanities, History, and Social Sciences.
You also have the option to browse only Video/Audio Presentations, Lecture Notes, classes with Online Textbooks, or Interactive Simulations.
Free access to online college classes!!!
this is absolutely the most amazing thing ever, thank you so much!
It’s not just MIT that’s doing this. Multiple universities like it are doing this and you can find all the courses you can take at https://www.edx.org/
Slate presents an amazing, interactive digital version of Olaus Magnus’ 1539 Carta Marina, a chart that portrays the sea as teeming with monsters…
When the chart was made, in the early years of the Age of Exploration, there was a lingering belief in the existence of griffins, unicorns, dragons, the phoenix, the monstrous races, and a host of other unnatural creatures. Modern science was in its infancy. Although adherents to the direct observation of nature would soon challenge hearsay and tradition and begin to classify animal life, at the time the medieval imagination was still free to shape its own forms of the natural world. The chart’s giant lobster gripping a swimmer in its claws, a monster being mistaken for an island, and a mast-high serpent devouring sailors would have represented actual fears of the unknown deep.
Those and Olaus’ other fanciful sea beasts are not mere decorations to fill empty spaces. Nor are they only visual metaphors for dangers lurking in the sea. Intended as representations of actual marine life, they are identified in the map’s key.
Click through to Slate to explore the stories of each creature, and read more on the chart’s origins…