World History - An Overview
Have you ever wondered about life in Medieval Japan, Ancient Persia or the Byzantine Empire? If you have any questions about world history from prehistory to the modern world, Khan Academy has you covered. These are not overwhelming deep dives into each era but rather overviews which will help you to fill in some of the blanks in your knowledge base. Khan Academy offers very informative and educational lessons in video and written form which are fun to work through. You can even take optional quizzes to test your knowledge retention. This is a great way to see which historical periods interest you most before you follow up with your own reading program or more in depth study.
World History - A Deeper Dive
For those of you who would like to discover the past in a more thorough manner, at a university level, Coursera is the site for you. With courses on a wide range of historical topics from reputable universities, you are sure to find an exceptional quality of education on an era that excites you. How about Magic in the Middle Ages or Roman Architecture for a start? Those of you more interested in the modern world might want to look at courses on Terrorism or Global Diplomacy. You can take take these courses free of charge or pay for a certificate, just select Full Course - No Certificate option when you enroll for each course. Be sure to use the site's search bar to look for more esoteric topics that you are passionate about, since not every course appears in the popular listings. A search on Japan (my personal obsession) led me to an amazing course from the University of Tokyo on Visual and Literary Culture in 19th Century Japan. There's my spring sorted, how about yours?
Music, Art, Philosphy, Literature and More....Oh My!
Whether you love Bach, folklore, Kierkegaard or Jane Austen, there is an online course for you. Just click on the links below to start your search. The websites listed are reputable and safe to register on. Browse to find a course that interests you, sign up with your email address and start learning. The sites will keep track of your progress so you don't need to remember where you left off between sessions. Remember unless you want a certificate, always check the study for free option and you will never need your credit card to use these sites.