Category Archives: Motivation

Make the Most of Learning Later in Life

Learning Later in Life

When I retired from paid work in 2012, I thought I would be doing plenty of gardening, some handcrafts and reading. I also had visions of my house sparkling and tidy.

Five years on, most of the garden is again a wilderness and craft time is limited to crochet in front of the television in the evenings. As for that clean and tidy house, the less said, the better. Instead, I have spent many retirement hours completing 90 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and setting up my own blog. Continue reading

How to Succeed in a Self-Paced Course

 

No deadlines

By Pat Bowden, published November 7, 2017.

In the last three months, 560 free online courses have been released from more than 200 universities. They cover a wide range of subjects and although most are in English, several other languages are also represented. Most are self-paced courses. Continue reading

How do you reward yourself after finishing?

Taking a walk can be a reward.

By Pat Bowden, published October 10, 2017.

We don’t always need a reward for finishing tasks. Sometimes the self-satisfaction of completing a task can be its own reward. If you are having trouble with motivation, however, giving yourself rewards for making progress can help. Continue reading

How Do People Spend Their MOOC Time?

Getting the right balance

By Pat Bowden, published October 3, 2017.

What is the best thing about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)? To many people, it’s their flexibility. You can enrol easily, then choose to do as much or as little of the course as you like. Continue reading

How to Turn Failure into Success

 

Turning Failure into Success

By Pat Bowden, published September 19, 2017.

Are you thinking about taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) but are worried it might be too hard or take up too much time? You’re not alone. Many people spend too much time thinking about things rather than simply jumping in and giving them a go. Continue reading

How to Stick to the Task and Finish

Calendar

By Pat Bowden, published May 10, 2017.

Do you tend to dip into things and start off with loads of enthusiasm, only to find a few days or weeks down the track that your motivation has gone, or you are into the next project without having completed the first one?

How do you keep motivated for an online course without a teacher constantly reminding you when to hand in the next assignment? There are several strategies to keep that self-motivation level high.

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