“Learning is not the same as study, nor the same as training. It is bigger than both. It is a cast of mind, a habit of life, a way of thinking about things, a way of growing” (from “The Age of Unreason” by Charles Handy).
“…Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of generative process of life…” (from “The Fifth Discipline” by Peter M. Senge).
I have been neglecting my blog for few last weeks because I am learning again. I took up a Computer Science course from Harvard, called CS50, which is offered free online here.
Some of the great universities got together and offered, free for anyone, anytime, anywhere, some of their courses. The one I am fighting through is, at least for me, very well done but it proved to be so challenging, that I don’t have time for pretty much anything, which annoys my wife immensely :), but I really enjoy it – the course I have chosen teaches programming and since this is a completely new area for me, I have to kick all my brain cells into high gear in order to complete assignments. Yes, the course is not “walk in the park, copy paste” kind of thing. It is difficult, it demands from you your own thinking, and it teaches. I hope that I will manage to finish it before the April 13 (deadline)… If not, then I hope that I will manage to finish it at all – gaining new skills, new perspective, creating new me in the process 🙂
That promised HarvardX certificate is also a nice carrot 🙂