I can proudly say I’ve earned the rank of Star Fleet Captain. Seriously. I mean, I took a class and everything!
If you haven’t already read about it, I took an online course through edx.org called Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology. I love to learn, and I just couldn’t pass up the chance at something so wonderfully geeky. The course is free, but if you’re a true Trekkie you can pay a little bit extra to get a certificate. (Yes, I did. And it has the Starfleet logo and everything!)
This course is different from other online classes I’ve taken before. Each module has a video, some suggested episodes to watch, and a writing prompt. That, in itself, isn’t all that unusual. But they actually want you to write your answers as public blog instead of just submitting something within the EdX platform.
Personally, this was just a great excuse to learn, to further explore a show I already love, and to make sure I’ve got some content going on my blog. Not a problem for me! But a few other folks I saw in the discussion board didn’t really feel comfortable with the blog aspect of the class.
The one downfall I saw was that the given material wasn’t always enough to really answer the question. What’s your favorite character? is simple enough, but other ones that talk about character development or the specific applications of technology are a little harder to just rattle off.
That being said, there are short but entertaining videos that share a lot of information about Star Trek history, and I loved it. There are actually two more classes in the series. I’m not sure that I’ll pay the extra money for the certificates (well, maybe…) but I’ll at least sign up to look through the course material!
Have you taken any online courses lately? I’d love to know!
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.