My third #MOOC – This time a #Coursera course

MOOCs are perfect for Lifelong Learners who enjoy learning online!

I was skeptical at first, but the more I investigate Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the more convinced I am that this is the way for me to go for lifetime learning!

I have experience both as an instructor and as a student in  for-credit online courses, so I thought  I knew what to expect.  I was really surprised, however, at how some of the new “bells and whistles” made a difference in how engaged I was in listening to the lectures and participating in the course.

I took my first MOOC last summer (Thanks, @rayschroeder !) and learned that a huge number of students from around the world could self-organize into discussion groups according to languages, locations, interests, learning goals, etc.

Recently I completed the #Google Power Searching MOOC.  Did you know that you can drop an image into a Google search of images and have it identified?  Now I do – and a whole lot more!

After hearing that UVa will offer Coursera courses starting in spring 2013, I decided to check out that platform. I have signed up for Know Thyself  by UVa Philosophy Professor Mitch Green – More to come on that intriguing course!

For some “brain training” before Know Thyself begins, I am now taking  Principles of Obesity Economics by Kevin Frick from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  I taught a biochemical nutrition course for a number of years, but the economics vocabulary and concepts are entirely new to me.   Lots of mental calisthenics – I can feel my brain expanding already!