Coursera is offering some great, research-relevant courses this semester, including Game Theory, Probabilistic Graphical Models, and Model Thinking. Probabilistic Graphical Models looks particularly interesting because its content is nearly identical to what I would expect in the equivalent, traditional Stanford classroom.
Though I can’t give these classes the full attention that they deserve, I’ve already found the online lecture format to be an improvement over the traditional classroom model of learning. Certainly, it’s possible to master these topics through self-study, but having forced deadlines has served as an excellent commitment device.
This weekend Laurel and I attended a two-day Prepared Childbirth class at Duke Health Center in Southpoint. I guess I’m going to need to get my kid his own blog.
I passed the formality that is the PhD Written Qualifier Exam, one of the several check boxes that must be ticked in order to eventually graduate.
I participated in the NEA’s Read Across America and received a personal Certificate of Appreciation for my dramatic reading of When Charlie McButton Lost Power. Afterwards, the classroom of second graders at Wildwood Forest Elementary were quite enthusiastic and asked many good questions about video games, including “What is your favorite food?” and “How do I unlock characters in Super Smash Bros?”.