In 2011, I signed up for one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and decided to learn Machine Learning with Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun. It was an eye opening experience. I eagerly awaited each week's assignment, watched the videos, and did the homework.
I was hooked. I signed up for the next MOOC offered on making your own self-driving car. Sebastian Thrun was head of Google's Self Driving Car project back in those days.
Very quickly, in 2012 and 2013, the online learning space took off like a rocket. Sebastian Thrun left Stanford to form Udacity. In the couple of years that followed, I signed up to 50 or so online courses, all university level. I learned everything from Android Programming, to Nutrition, to Human Behavior, to Genetics. My interests were wide, and I tried anything that looked interesting.
That was a very formative time, I guess. I decided to start CourseMania in 2013 and blog about my experience taking courses.
I loved taking courses back then. I used to take several at a time. Looking back, I am not sure how I had so much free time back then. 🙂
Now in 2018, I still do take courses occasionally, but my track record has become spotty.
I signed up for Daniel Negraneau's poker class on Masterclass, but have only watched 1 or 2 videos so far. I signed up for a Google Machine Learning course on Coursera, but it's taken me a month to do the first week of videos.
I don't know what happened. I used to love taking courses. Now I'm too busy making courses to have time to watch them. How ironic.