Email #11: Massive Online Open Courses
This email is part of a series of practical advice on how to deal with the stress of being arrested. It is not specifically related to your case.
The previous emails discussed podcasts, mind maps, online financial systems, exercise, and organizing your home. Now I'd like to discuss MOOCs. What is that? Massive Online Open Courses. These are FREE online courses(covering about every imaginable subject). Click here to see what I'm talking about.
High quality education provided by M.O.O.C.s can be a significant factor in opening the doors of opportunity - Daphne Koller (Professor, Author, Founder of Coursera)
There are courses from hundreds of universities, including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Boston University, and the University of Texas! They have courses in every imaginable subject. Here are a few examples:
1. Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel (Rice University)
2. Introduction to Health and Wellness (Arizona State University)
3. An Introduction to Classical Music (Yale University)
4. Accounting in 60 Minutes (Udemy)
5. SEO for Wordpress (Udemy)
Why are universities offering free courses? Because it is good publicity and the schools want to be on the cutting-edge of education.
Why haven't you heard about these courses? Why isn't everybody taking them? Well, it requires a lot of self-discipline to complete the courses. In fact, only 7% of people who start a course finish it.
If you do complete it, you can get a certificate of completion at the end. Imagine if your resume included a certificate from a Harvard course! That would be impressive. It would also look good to a prosecutor!
Change is the end result of all true learning. - Leo Buscaglia (author)
As always, our goal is to use the arrest as a springboard to do something that you wouldn't have done otherwise. Competing a MOOC course would be perfect.
Challenge: Let me know when you sign up for a course! And definitely send the certificate when you're done.
I hope you find this useful. Let me know!