I’m taking a course on fantasy literature. For free. Online. Without needing any prior experience. Yep. That’s a thing. I discovered this course via my writer friend Liselotte Schoevaart (if you’re Dutch, check some of her work out, she’s awesome) and learned about MOOCs. As we do, we pass on knowledge, so today I’m talking about this fantasy literature course and MOOCs.
What are these MOOCs?
MOOC stands for massive online open course. It’s pretty much in the name, isn’t it? Anyone can join in on courses created by universities from around the world. All you need is a computer or a laptop and some enthusiasm and you’re good to go! The great thing about MOOCs are: they are often free. Most of the times, you only have to pay for the certificate.
What’s more is that there is no limit to the number of students who can enroll AND everyone can join, whether you have a college degree or not. A vital part of MOOCs is the discussion amongst the students. There are platforms where students can discuss topics and respond to each others questions. This makes it greatly engaging.
If you’re interested in one of these free courses, check out this link, where you can find a list of different MOOC courses provided by universities across the globe. If you dig fantasy literature, well there’s this course you can start today (I started yesterday, so no, you are not too late)!
Fantastic Fiction and Where to Find It
That’s the title of the course; you have to love the course creators just for that. Fantastic Fiction and Where to Find It is a university course from the Swedish Linnaeus University taught in English. The course is divided into different modules and each module tackles a different topic from children’s fantasy to feminist fantasy and nordic fantasy.
The material in these modules is university material. That does mean you have to read scholarly articles on fantasy literature. If you are really into it, these articles are highly interesting, but be aware this is a university course and the lecturers do challenge you.
In addition to these articles, the lecturers provide you with a list of recommended reading. They advise to read chapters from The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (I don’t own a copy (yet), so I’ve decided on skipping the recommended reading).
If you want to receive a certificate in the end, you have to complete the tests that you can take throughout the modules. There is a fee attached to receiving the certificate. The course itself is for free! You can find it here.
This is my first MOOC and I’m loving it! Have you ever taken an MOOC?