Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm a Doctoral Student Now... I'll see you again in three to four years when it's over!

Just kidding! (I hope.)

I'll try to stay keep this thing updated with posts about the life of a doctoral student.

Don't judge me if the posts aren't completely coherent - it's probably just because I stayed up all night reading about adult education theories :-o

Monday, July 8, 2013

More About Free College-Level Classes and Lectures

Take Music Theory from Berklee College of Music.

Or Introduction to Finance from the University of Michigan.

Or use one of any other 10,000 free, open education courses or resources available at Open Education Database.

I know what you’re thinking: “Free college-level classes?  They don’t exist…right?”


Open Education Database (OEDd) is “is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online.”  OEDd’s comprehensive web site allows “learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new.”

OEDd has been operating since 2006 and continues to be a leader in online education resources.

In addition, Audible has started to advertise its GreatCourses collection, which are “critically acclaimed audio lectures to enrich and inspire” created by “hundreds of lectures from top-tier university professors.”

So now there’s no excuse to not expand your educational horizons.  Choose from any of the thousands of college-level courses or lectures from dozens of the world’s leading universities. 

There is, literally, a course or lecture for everyone of all background and interests.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Free Online College Courses

Want to take free online college courses?  More and more colleges and universities are offering their courses and lectures for free online.

You won't walk away from these classes with any college credit, but the knowledge is yours for the taking. For free.

Check out these sites for more info and course offerings:

Open Yale Course
Open Culture

I've listened to some lecture from the Open Yale Courses, and they were very interesting.  I downloaded just the audio version of the lecture (many/most lectures are video recorded) and listened to them on my phone on my commute to and from work.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Short Stories in the Digital Age

It might be a good time to be a short story writer.

The New York Times published an article about the resurgence of short stories because they work so well on small, cellphone-sized digital screens.

Earlier this year, in an episode of Books & Beer, created by ePublish Unum, Doug Lance leads a conversation on digitally publishing short stories.  See video below.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Favorite Art Journaling Books!

The art journaling books that got me started:

The new ones that keep me going:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Kenyon Review Resources for Writers

The Kenyon Review's 2013 Short Fiction Contest is now open.

The Kenyon Review also offers a series of summer writing workshops:

  • The Poetry Workshop
  • The Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • The Fiction Workshop
  • The Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop
  • The Novel Workshop
  • The Young Writers Workshop
  • Writers Workshop for Teachers of Middle and High School

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reading to Children Makes Them Smarter

To confirm what many of us already know, reading to children makes them smarter.

Galley Cat reports that Perspectives on Psychological Science published an article last month that touted interactive reading experiences for children because, based on recent research, “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.”

Interactive reading includes "teaching them how to ask open-ended questions, encourage their children to read, shadow their children’s interests, and so on." 

My mom and dad read to me almost every night.  That must be why I'm so smart.