Yesterday, Josh Jones revisited Marilyn Monroe’s ambitious list of New Year’s Resolutions from 1955. Turning back the clock, we find Marilyn, already a big movie star, setting a lot of educational goals:
- go to class – my own always – without fail
- work whenever possible – on class assignments
- start attending Clurman lectures – also Lee Strassberg’s directors lectures at theater wing
- if possible – take at least one class at university – in literature –
Hopefully classes — lots of them — figure into your 2015 plans. And if we’ve got you pegged right, you’ll want to spend time perusing our comprehensive list of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which we curated this month with the generous help of ClassCentral.com. 260 MOOCs will be getting underway in January alone. While we encourage you to find the courses that particularly appeal to you, we’ve listed a few intriguing ones below. You can also scan ClassCentral’s list of the 10 Most Popular MOOCs in January 2015 for a few ideas.
- Architecture 101 – Part I: From Nothingness to Place – iversity – January 5 (6 weeks)
- Technology Entrepreneurship (SA) – Stanford University on NovoED – January 5 (6 weeks)
- Poetry in America: Whitman – Harvard University on edX – January 7 (5 weeks)
- America’s Unwritten Constitution – Yale University on Coursera – January 12 (6 weeks)
- Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (NI) – The University of Oklahoma on Janux – January 12 (16 weeks)
- Frank Lloyd Wright and the 20th Century (CC) – Open Online Academy, New York on EdCast – January 12 (8 weeks)
- Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia – Lund University on Coursera – January 19 (5 weeks)
- Jazz Appreciation – The University of Texas at Austin on edX – January 20 (10 weeks)
- The discovery of the Higgs boson – University of Edinburgh on FutureLearn – January 26 (7 weeks)
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