How to Study Anything Online for Free via MOOCs

How to Study Anything Online for Free via MOOCs

Technically we have all the information we’d ever want at our fingertips thanks to the Internet and our benevolent overlords Google, but sometimes it’s easier to learn things when it’s presented nicely in bite-sized chunks, instead of the often incomprehensible vortex that is Wikipedia. This is where MOOCs come in.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. While university educations are usually expensive, MOOCs get around the money issue by delivering course materials through video lectures and multiple choice quizzes, with some peer-graded assignments and discussion boards. It’s like going to uni, if you could go to uni from bed.

MOOCs are offered by prestigious universities like MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley, so you don’t have to worry as much about reliability as you would if you’re trying to learn economics from 30 different YouTube gurus. MOOCs are usually free if you just want to learn, but often if you pay a smallish fee, you can get an official certificate showing that you completed the course. Most courses are self-paced, and the lectures can be downloaded for offline viewing.

Where do I find a MOOC?

Here are some useful sites for finding MOOCs:…

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How to Work Out Who to Vote For

How to Work Out Who to Vote For

It’s federal election time again in Australia, thanks to the double dissolution. If, like me, you’ve completely given up on following politics, you’re going to be confused as hell when you step into the booth this Saturday (or open up your postal vote if you’re busy/lazy/hate getting pamphlets shoved in your face/hate sausage sizzles).

This time around it’s even trickier, because you have to number at least 6 parties above the line for the Senate form. Gone are the days that you could put “1” for the major party you hate the least and hope for the best. And annoyingly, the minor parties often require a bit of research to work out what they actually stand for. For example, Health Australia Party is headed by a guy who wants to use homeopathy against infectious diseases. The Australian Liberty Alliance sounds great (who doesn’t love liberty?) but turns out to be mostly concerned about liberating Australia from Islam (maybe they’re just disturbed by the meteoric rise of the Halal Snack Pack? Who knows!)

Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know this election:

How to vote

6% of ballots last election were invalid and couldn’t be counted, so make sure you know what you’re doing. If you want a dry run, the Australian Electoral Commission have a thing on their site for that….

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The Ultimate Banana Muffin Recipe

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I always seem to end up with over-ripe bananas (never any other type of fruit, no idea why!), so I’m constantly looking for creative ways to use them up. Banana muffins are my default, and while not so creative in themselves, they’re a fantastic base for adding whatever the fuck you want to make mouth-watering baked goods.

This recipe is deeply unexciting – the point of it is that it’s a perfect plain muffin that works well with pretty much any added ingredient. They’re easy to whip up, light and fluffy, and everyone in my sharehouse agrees they won’t say no to another one.

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