One of my favourite pandemic finds was the TV show Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. If you have not watched it yet, I strongly recommend it. It is funny, inclusive, witty, and best of all Canadian, and I am not the only one who thinks it is awesome. This year it broke records and won nine Emmy awards, sweeping the Comedy category.
After watching the show I started following one of the stars, Dan Levy, on Twitter and I was inspired by his one tweet.
Dan (I will pretend we are on a first name basis) was promoting a MOOC, Massive Online Open Course, through the University of Alberta that was hosted on Coursera. The course was a 12 week course and Dan was hosting online discussions each week, with course presenters, to help people connect further with the content.
I have taken a few MOOCs before, so I signed up – I was definitely influenced by his celebrity, but Indigenous history and issues is a topic I want to learn more about. And, I wasn’t alone. . . 200K other people did too!
I started the MOOC in August, but wasn’t able to maintain the 12 week timeline. However, since the course is self-paced, I was able to continue as it fit into my schedule. So it is kind of like Dan and I were in the same class . . . at least that is what I am telling myself.
I find MOOCs are a great way to learn about topics you are interested in from experts around the world. They are usually self paced, free (small fee for a certificate), and the topics are endless. Some other good MOOCS I have taken before are:
- Queering the School House
- Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
- How to Connect with Kids These Days
Have you taken any MOOCS before? Did you have a good experience? Let me know of any other good MOOCs in the comments.