I recently complete a free course from the University of Reading. The title of the course is: History of Royal Food and Feasting – The University of Reading – Completed July 2016

The kitchen in Henry VIII’s Estate at Hampton Court

That course was a Feast in every way imaginable. Through video feeds, the students are allowed into the kitchens of some very famous palaces and they are allowed to watch chefs, dressed in period clothing, as they prepare dishes that were actually prepared when royalty lived there.

You can see all of the videos from the lesson on the eating customs and meals during Tudor England Here.

You can register for this course Here The class is still ongoing. I loved it so very much that I completed the entire 6 weeks in one weekend. While most of the classes that I take require a lot of thought and work, this class was a feast.

I am about to begin a class offered through Penn. It is a study of Modern American Poetry, beginning with Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. You can register for that class HERE 

The poetry course is taught through Coursera, which has tons of free classes. You can elect to Audit a class or pay for it and receive some arcane or at least worthless document proving that you took the course. I have 3 masters degrees from reputable universities. I’m done with documents. I only take the free courses. You get the same education. It is simply not free unless you elect for it to be free. It is refreshing to reach the point in life that you learn simply to expand your base of understanding.

Coursera is trying to beat you on the Free deal and is making many of their courses only available if you pay for and take a full program. Phooey! Just look at another Mooc platform. You can probably find a similar course somewhere else.

For instance, I am remodeling my house and my carpenter only speaks Spanish. I only speak English.  I need to learn Spanish. Coursera has rigged the system so that if I want to learn Spanish from them, I have to pay money. Therefore, I am taking Spanish Free at EdX Here

The beauty of MOOCs is that they are offered through the best of the world’s universities,


I have studied Buddhism through Princeton University, and I am about to begin a rigorous study of world religions through Harvard.

I have also completed a course studying the poetry and songs of 18th-century bard Robert Burns. That course is still being offered through the University of Glasgow.

You can register for the free Robert Burns class Here.

I love to learn, and I especially love to learn from people who are authorities in their fields of study. I cannot encourage you enough to participate in some of the MANY free courses that are available online through MANY distinguished universities. As I said before, this free opportunity is a feast–a smorgasbord of delicious desserts–a banquet of rich treats. And this costs nothing at all.

©Jacki Kellum September 4, 2017