Massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide a FREE way for paranormal investigators to expand their knowledge on a variety of helpful and interesting topics. I've hand-picked a few from Coursera.org, my favorite provider, on some very special courses for paranormal enthusiasts!
Every year, my New Year's resolutions include a commitment to further my education in the paranormal field. This is a field that is always changing and it's a field that incorporates knowledge from many other disciplines. To really give paranormal research and investigation the respect it deserves, a working knowledge of the sciences, psychology, religion and history (just to name a few) is critical.
I'm always looking for economical (well, cheap, hehe) ways to improve my knowledge and one way to do this is through the emerging popularity of MOOCs...massive open online courses! If you're not familiar with MOOCs, basically they are college level courses offered FOR FREE online!
Each class is set up a little differently, but generally consists of taped lectures that you watch at your own leisure online and short required readings. Most classes require quizzes/tests/homework assignments in order to receive a certificate of completion. All materials are provided online for free and the courses are open to anyone with internet access.
There are so many websites that offer MOOCs, but my favorite I've tried so far as been Coursera.org. Through Coursera, you can take classes from world renowned colleges and universities and choose from a huge selection! I personally recommend any science or psychology courses for paranormal investigators, but this month, there's gonna be a few choices that I thought would be of particular interest to the paranormal community!
Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought
This is a 7 week course that begins on January 13th. It will be taught by Jonathan Garb of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Please check out the link for a full syllabus and course outline.
Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
This is a 5 week course beginning January 20th. It's being taught by Charles Cockell of the University of Edinburgh. The topic will be about the conditions and probability of finding life outside of planet Earth.
Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences
This class also begins January 20th and will run 13 weeks. It's being hosted by Rutgers University and will discuss how different cultures define "the soul."
If you enroll in any of these courses, or choose something else altogether, please let me know!