I'm a big fan of online courses. I'm an even bigger fan of free online courses. Not many people know that iVillage offers a wide variety of monthly courses on anything from Digital Photography Basics to Entrepreneurship 101. Unlike some "free" online courses, these do not require the purchase of books or other materials in order to follow along.
As a past online student, I receive monthly newsletters with the new available courses and start dates. One in particular caught my eye this month, and I thought I'd pass the tip along.
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
"In stimulating lessons packed with fun exercises, you'll explore the seven da Vincian principles: curiosity, experience, sensory refinement, ambiguity, whole-brain thinking, physical fitness, and connection."
Not bad for an online course. A free one, at that.
You get the option to follow the course week by week, in this case it's an 8-week course, or you can download the entire course for reading at your leisure. This option does usually require that you agree to share you email address with a sponsor, though I have done this twice, and have yet to be contacted by the named sponsor, Sony.
The main lesson is taught by Michael Gelb, and the course is based on his book and companion workbook.
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Everyday Genius
Diane Penna is the creator of The Write Path blog, and is proud to call herself a WAHM (Write at Home Mom).