My favorite MOOC so far – Scratch Programming from edX

I feel like a real CS First “Guru” more than ever now!

The Jackson-Via Computer Club is exploring Scratch and Google CS First this year, so I was quick to sign up for the edX Scratch Programming course. I really enjoyed the workout this course gave my brain, but what impressed me the most were the parallels between this college coding course and the CS First activities for middle school students.   Coding is truly for ALL ages to enjoy!


The Scratch programming course will be repeated, so watch edX for an announcement if you want to join in the fun.


Coursera / Growing Old Around the Globe – What age is “old” ???

OldGlobeGrowing Old Around the Globe
University of Pennsylvania

We all start aging the moment that we are born! I am enjoying the interesting perspectives on what “old” means from folks around the world.

There is still time to sign up for this free Coursera course.

Coursera | Shaping the Way We Teach English, 1: The Landscape of English Language Teaching

Coursera Course LogoI was so happy to see this course and I signed up immediately!

Since I spend much of my week as a JABA FISH ESL Tutor/Mentor and as a Literacy Volunteer for an adult student who is learning English, I am sure this Coursera MOOC from the University of Oregon will help me discover new and effective techniques.

I will be posting reflections on this MOOC here.

UVa Coursera: The Modern World: Global History since 1760 _Week 6 Reflection

So glad I signed up  for  this course!

Listening calmly to the lectures without trying to cram for an exam is making this the very best history course that I have ever taken!  As an undergraduate Continue reading

Learn more about Thomas Jefferson – #TJMOOC – Coursera/UVa FREE course

Age of Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson MOOC offered by the University of Virginia and Monticello is off  to a great start, and Continue reading

Looking forward to UVa Coursera: The Modern World: Global History since 1760

After just the first two lectures, I am hooked!  This is going to be a great course.  As usual, I will be writing occasional reflections on this UVa MOOC. The course just started today so there is plenty of time to sign up at Coursera.  Hope you will join me!

Flag-Globe This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. It begins with the revolutions of the late 1700s, tracks the transformation of the world during the 1800s, and analyzes the cataclysms of last century, concluding with the new phase of world history we are experiencing today.

Coursera / Kennedy Half Century – Week 2 Reflection – How terrified we were!

The Kennedy Half Century – The Kennedy Presidency and Assassination

JFK-Titile-Page-with-wordsWe were so afraid in those days! Not just a momentary fear as today when a terrible incident occurs, but an overall, ongoing fear that (sooner or later) we were going to be annihilated Continue reading

Coursera Learning Hubs: Global Participation, Local Access and Support!

What a great idea for Charlottesville!  I am sure that there are many in our community who are not able to participate in MOOC experiences because they lack the equipment and/or bandwidth at home. Also, many seniors may be unwilling to risk feeling foolish in giving this new learning opportunity a try on their own.

 A C’ville Coursera Learning Hub in a smart classroom would be a wonderful treasure for so many.  Any local non-profit ready to take this on?

At Coursera, we envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We strive to create and deliver experiences that break down daily barriers that stand in the way of successful learning. Today, in support of our goals, we’re delighted to announce a new initiative- Coursera Learning Hubs – that will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, while learning alongside peers in an interactive, facilitated setting. All for free.
via Coursera Blog • Introducing Coursera Learning Hubs: Global Participation, Local Access and Support!.

Coursera / Kennedy Half Century – Week 1 Reflection – How much TV I missed!

The Kennedy Half Century – JFK’s Rise to Power

JFK-Titile-Page-with-wordsI am really enjoying the video clips inserted in the lectures and realizing how much of the TV coverage that I missed the first time around. We had only Continue reading