I am taking the free online course Web Science: How the web is changing the world. Its goal is to explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next.
The first exercise asked me to reflect on my use of the Web and evaluate its impact on my life. I was given a web based tool to analyse my recent browsing history which generates a pie chart showing the most frequently visited web sites. I was then asked to answer four questions.
I discovered the world of free online courses from Coursera in August last year. I took a six-week course on Listening to World Music. It was a good experience and the course opened by ears and mind to new musical experiences.
It was also my first experience in a MOOC – a Massively Open Online Course. I watched lectures, answered quizzes, submitted a weekly essay and assessed my peers.
Now I have become a Coursera addict, signing up to courses, getting started, then often dropping out because I have been overwhelmed by the amount of material I need to watch and read.
The reality is that a free online course is still a course and needs time to watch the lectures, do the readings, watch additional videos (usually documentaries on YouTube), participate in discussion forums and doing the assignments.
In recent months I have become overwhelmed with this abundance of free online learning, and I thought it is time to take a break, and think about how I use my time and participate in these free online courses.
Here is a photo uploaded from my phone using the WordPress app. This is the first time I have written a blog post using the iPhone.
Have you ever taken a break from typing to think about how often you type the same things every day? Your name, web addresses, today’s date, your mobile number or text in email messages?
Recently I started using a Windows program called Perfect Keyboard. This program converts keyboard shortcuts into text – replacing a couple of keystrokes with larger chunks of text.
The two main benefits are faster typing and no mistakes. For example I type .m (Period then the letter M) then Perfect Keyboard replaces it with my mobile phone number. I can type my name with two keystrokes (Period and C) to get Charles Cave.
Perfect Keyboard can be downloaded from the MacroToolworks web site. The free program allows you to create 50 shortcuts and the paid version gives you much more.
I’m always interested in reading advice on writing from famous writers and journalists. Here is some advice from George Orwell - English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic.
Did you know that George Orwell was his pen-name? His real name is Eric Arthur Blair.
Here are his rules:
Did you travel on the train today? How was your journey?
Sydney’s train service – or lack of it – gets a lot of criticism. City Rail is often referred to as City Fail, City Snail and even Shitty Fail.
I’m going to tell you about a recent trip I made.
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I read an article on LinkedIn by Bernard Marr where he lists 30 buzzwords / jargon/ management gobblydegook that annoys him the most. Many of these phrases are in use in my workplace, and probably in yours!
I formatted his list into a block of coloured text – maybe I should get it printed on a T-shirt to wear on casual Fridays?
Read Bernard’s article on LinkedIn.