MOOCs

Recovering from major knee surgery and being away from work gives you a lot of time.

A lot.

Recently, I had subscribed to a number of Massively Open Online Courses on coursera.org¬†which I didn’t have so much time to dedicate to beforehand. Work drains your energy and after a days work, the last thing that you feel like doing is learning. But alas, now I’m unable to go to work and a good chunk of time which had been previously filled by work had to find new pastures. And there comes along, MOOCs(along with a subscription to lynda.com and an amazing subscription offer at udemy.com).

And, yes, time is flying fast. It has already been 5 days since my operation and equipped with my new Macbook (the true productivity machine which was enhanced by the fact that I had the opportunity to do a 6-hour long training programme on lynda to learn all the features of this wonderful machine).

Bring on the learning!

One more thing, I’m doing two courses which I’m focusing on right now:

These MOOCs are giving me an insight into what I’m passionate about, that is , Technology. And, it is providing me with the opportunity to have a full 360 degree view of how technology affects peoples lives and how it bothers and empowers them. Equipped with this knowledge, I truly believe that I can be a better advocate of technology.

If you are thinking of taking one of these MOOCs. The following video is a friendly and great video guide:

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Why I love the new Facebook Timeline, Smart Lists and Subscription options.

Some people love it and some people don’t and I still could not understand why they don’t love it. I was always yearning the possibility to go back in time and be able to see my first post and now thanks to this feature it is possible. The cover photo? Genius. The possibility to add relevant life events to specific points in the timeline which reflect a certain sense of chronology? Genius. The idea of being able to create an autobiography using this kind of tools and making it as interactive as possible? Double Genius. Then I hear people saying, but yeah,” it’s not really private, it really takes stalking to a new level”. That’s not a valid excuse, learn how to use your privacy settings and share with the people that you really care about it via Smart Lists.

I was pondering about the idea about doing a total migration of my social network to Google Plus, but with this Timeline feature and very much improved Smart Lists, I really have another excuse to stay on board the Facebook ship. And now the Google Profile doesn’t even look good at all compared to the Facebook profile where you can have a wonderful cover photo displaying some highlight of your life or some other picture which is appealing to the senses.

Talking about Smart Lists, everyone on Facebook should have a working knowledge on how to use these and I would daresay that if I had to organize digital literacy class, I would definitely include this topic on the “curriculum”. It very much defines and gives a more personalised feel to the way we communicate on Facebook and the way we get to know about what’s happening in the lives of the people we truly care about. If we want to learn more about Smart lists you should click here¬†.

And one other thing, you got to love the new Subscribe option on Facebook, this gives me the opportunity to connect with anyone I want in the world without actually having to “friend” these people i.e that is sending them a Facebook friend request and avoiding a couple of awkward moments. This also gives one the opportunity to actually friend those people, whom at least, are acquaintances. As a result of this I deleted my personal Facebook Page and in a shorter amount of time I got more subscribers on my facebook profile then 1 to 2 years of setting up the Facebook Page.

Congratulations Facebook, you’re moving in the right direction. I also think that you couldn’t have set up the IPO at a better time.

Google Plus, get cracking.