That old addiction

It is entirely possible that I have overdone the MOOC registrations this week.  All that I really intended to do was to change my registrations on the courses that I failed to get to grips with – having signed up with good intentions, the winter robbed me of my energies and I simply never checked in. My plan was, having received a reminder about the Photography course that began yesterday, I would tidy up and rationalise and keep myself to one topic at a time.

Of course, when I logged in to review the situation at FutureLearn, I was carried away by some new and exciting offerings. I managed to resist introductory Dutch language lessons (no plans to go back to ‘Dam just yet, it can wait) but now I find that I am registered for seven FutureLearn courses in addition to the current one. There’s the Coursera guitar course at Berklee, of which I tucked just one week under my belt then lost interest (but I will go again) and then today I added a new Coursera course from MOMA – Seeing Through Photography.

Commercial Photography is a short 4 week course of 3 hrs per week, finishing on the 13th March so the next one up, Logical & Critical Thinking, which begins on the 29th of February, is not going to be much of a clash. It takes 4 hrs a week for 8 weeks, completing on 24th April. Start Writing Fiction however starts on the 4th April, taking 3 hours for 8 weeks.

Keeping up? I hope so because now things get a little hairy…

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy tales and What is a Mind? both begin on the 18th April, whilst the Thinking and Writing courses are still going and then… The Mind is Flat starts the following week.

Hang on, we need a Gantt Chart.


OK, here we go, click for bigness


I shall need some time management skills in April and May I think!

Is it sad to admit to how much all of this excites me? Is learning an addiction? I confess that I find it hard to comprehend people who do not share this love of learning and shy away from the new and the exciting. I think that I personally would curl up and die if I had not the opportunity for personal growth. I’d be mentally pot bound. Not a good thing at all. I’ll tell you what if I come down with Alzheimer’s after all this flexing of my grey matter, and they don’t – well, I’ll be most put out.

Started a new blog today. Not really a blog, but just a place to put some scribbles. I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing before…  erm… (pauses to consult Gantt Chart) the 18th April.

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  1. February 17, 2016

    Every time you post about these courses I get all excited and want to sign up to them all, (well most of them). Then I remember that I have a long list of things I want to achieve based on the things I already know how to do. Plus I have plenty of training input and challenge from my job.
    Enjoy! I’m seriously tempted by the maths puzzles one.

    • February 19, 2016

      I know – it’s all very infectious, isn’t it? Do do the maths one – it’s bound to help with puzzle hunts. It’s only 2 hrs for 3 weeks. Unfortunately it happens at the same time as MUMS ! 9th May. Diary date.

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