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  • Learn Bushcraft with Ray Mears
    Learn Bushcraft with Ray Mears

    You are lost and alone in the wilderness. For the first day or two, it isn’t too bad apart from the mosquitos. You’re going to be rescued, right?

  • Open graves, open minds: Vampire Studies
    Open graves, open minds: Vampire Studies

    The popularity of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries has spawned a variety of educational offers for those with a thirst for the subject.

  • How to get paid to travel the world
    How to get paid to travel the world
    There’s a course on Udemy that might be worth looking into if you’re tired of the 9 to 5 routine and want to see more of the world. It describes how to get paid to travel. They don’t give away the exact details of their method because that would be stupid – they are selling an ‘information product’ in the style of get rich quick schemes, and the only way to get at their secret sauce is to pay for it.
  • Talk to the hand: a degree in Puppetry
    Talk to the hand: a degree in Puppetry
    Puppets are weird. They can be creepy and endearing at the same time, and it’s amazing how the audience project so much of themselves onto what is basically an inanimate object.
  • Keep calm and play the ukulele: The Idler
    Keep Calm and Play the Ukulele
    How can we be free in a world of jobs, debt and alarm clocks? What’s the best way to live life from moment to moment? If we don’t decide this ourselves, the pressures of life are sure to fill up those moments for us and we risk being left without a sense of peace, purpose or pleasure.
  • Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    In 2014 The University of California, Irvine staged an eight-week MOOC on the sociological, scientific and ethical questions posed by the zombie apocalypse portrayed in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  • Growing people: MindFood
    Growing people: MindFood

    Gardeners everywhere know the benefits of getting outside, getting their hands into the earth and, when the right time comes, enjoying the fruits of their labours.

  • Preventing burnout: wellbeing in the workplace
    Preventing burnout: wellbeing in the workplace
    60% of our waking hours are spent at work. But just being there is no guarantee of productivity. On the best days, we feel energized, motivated and productive, and we get plenty done. Yet how many of those good days we have depends a lot on our state of physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Seventy is the new forty: strategies for successful ageing
    Seventy is the new forty: strategies for successful ageing
    How do you plan to age? Will you let the river of time carry you along helpless, or have you armed yourself with a paddle to steer with so you can explore the banks? How much value do you place on longevity? Is it worth growing very old just for its own sake?
  • What makes people happy?
    What makes people happy?
    In 2014 The University of Berkeley launched a MOOC called The Science of Happiness. It is still going strong in 2016 because people are, well, happy with it.
  • Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    The thing about meditation is we know it’s good for us, but we convince ourselves we don’t have time for it. Ironically, meditation can help to quieten down the very same stressful thinking that prevents us from doing it
  • Get high for free drinking only water
    Get high for free drinking only water
    Maybe there’s a slight pang of guilt at the clickbaity title, but it got your attention and there are excellent reasons to read on. We’re talking about the links between exercise and feeling good in yourself, otherwise known as mental health.

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  • 4 Creative Breakthroughs
    4 Creative Breakthroughs
    Those involved in the creative process know how hard it can sometimes be to open the floodgates of their creativity when required. If they wait for inspiration, they might find themselves waiting a long time. The old adage about creativity (or was it success?) being 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration definitely applies here.
  • ‘Just-in-time’ Business Courses from Filtered Learning
    ‘Just-in-time’ Business Courses from Filtered Learning
    The well-known manufacturing principle of just-in-time aims to ensure that the right part arrives on the assembly line in the right place and the exact moment it is needed, thus reducing inventory overheads and making for a lean and efficient process.
  • Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    In 2014 The University of California, Irvine staged an eight-week MOOC on the sociological, scientific and ethical questions posed by the zombie apocalypse portrayed in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  • International Management
    Lost in translation? International Management

    Despite globalization, each country and region has its own business systems and culture.

  • Classroom to chatroom: technologies in teaching
    Classroom to chatroom: technologies in teaching
    Won’t it be great when we can plug ourselves into the Matrix and learn Kung Fu in 30 seconds? While we’re waiting for the boffins work that out, though, we still need to teach each other how to do things by explaining.
  • Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Eat blueberries and you will live for ever. Quinoa gives you superpowers. Being within 100 feet of an egg yolk will kill you instantly.
  • Chemistry of Beer
    Chemistry of Beer
    For some reason this course is incredibly popular. The University of Oklahoma is offering a free class on brewing chemistry with a credit option. You can earn college credit by studying and perhaps even sampling the popular hoppy beverage.
  • A chip on your shoulder: wearable tech
    A chip on your shoulder: wearable tech
    In 2010, Katy Perry walked into the MET Costume Institute Gala wearing a dress that constantly changed colour. 3000 shimmering LEDs created the effect, with Perry lighting up like a rainbow in the couture dress designed by wearable tech company CuteCircuit.
  • Baking Technology Management
    Use your loaf: study Baking Technology Management
    London’s South Bank University is offering a foundation degree in Baking Technology Management. Brioche, bagels and brownies don’t find their way onto supermarket shelves by themselves, and somebody has got to know how to keep malt bread squishy and crackers cracky.

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    Thinking in yellow: the philosophy of The Simpsons

    Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, studied philosophy at college.

  • Man with 26 million students.
    The man with 26 million students
    Zach Sims is a college dropout, a statistic of failure in education. Instead of getting an education, though, he founded a teaching company that now has 26 million students. Well played, Zach.
  • Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Eat blueberries and you will live for ever. Quinoa gives you superpowers. Being within 100 feet of an egg yolk will kill you instantly.
  • What do dogs think about?
    What do dogs think about?
    The Open College in the UK is offering a course in Dog Psychology. Upon completion you will have earned the right to have after your name the designatory letters Dip.Dog.Psy and will be awarded with a Diploma Certificate bearing the title.