Taking Classes

Astronomy, Space, Universe, Planets, Outer Space

Online classes pose a problem for me. There are so many and I want to take them all. They are my way to recharge.

Or, at least, they used to be. I’ve dropped the last two that I enrolled in. They just weren’t fun!

The first is a foreign language class. Daily lessons. Trick questions. And . . . boredom. I just didn’t find it interesting.

The second class was too great a commitment. Between video lectures, readings, worksheets and quizes, there were 40 to 50 items to deal with each week. And the quizes? There was a lot of psychology involved. You had to figure out why they were asking X question, in part based on the title of the following lecture, and then you could frequently puzzle your way to the right answer.

Signs, Chinese, Letters, Writing, Symbols, Calligraphy

Thanks but no thanks. That just isn’t fun.

There are three classes that I’m currently considering.

  • How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics. This one is being offered through Coursera and is a University of Virginia class. I really enjoyed the class on Thomas Jefferson that I took through the university. Yeah, I’m that kind of geek. Academic brand loyalty.
  • Fundamentals of Chinese Character Writing. This is also through Coursera and is a Saint Petersburg State University class. Unfortunately I can’t find out what materials are required until I sign up. Still, I’m tempted. I’ve never done calligraphy with a brush before.
  • Creative Doodling. Yep. This one is a craft class offered through my library’s Creativebug account. It’s a little different from the other two but I have to admit that Coursera has been less fun for me since 2020.
Colorful, Pen, Marker, Art, Drawing, School, Office

Why am I liking Coursera less? I think it has something to do with the insane number of webinars available. Yes, they are wonderful. But . . .

I’m not sure. Am I spending too much time online? I don’t think that is the case but I am a hardcore introvert. I need time alone. And in the past 18 month, I was alone for 2 days in November.

I sense a class in creative doodling in my near future.