Online webinars, forums, and workshops are now organized and easy to find, on topics of interest to the secular side of society, all designed to be engaging, enlightening, and empowering. Glance through the current course announcements. Sign up for email alerts, and please follow us on social media. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SecularActivism.org is a 501c3 nonprofit educational project and nothing like those for-profit ventures. Our instructors keep half the fees, because they spend many hours online with their students; the rest covers the website/admin/accounting fees. We don’t do MOOCs – those “massively open online courses” where watching videos of a professor’s lecturing won’t ever get your questions answered. Instead, we search for people with practical expertise and leadership abilities who want to communicate directly with you – they offer Very Interactive Enrichment Webinars, or VIEWS. Only $59 for a one month course. Online classrooms and their discussion threads are accessible 24/7, so you can participate at your own pace, at any hour of the day when there’s some time in your busy schedule. Your instructor(s) will not be on live video and you won’t be either – there is nothing on camera and no particular time of day you have to be present. If an instructor posts a prerecorded video, you can view it at your convenience. There’s nothing ‘live’ to be missed, and course instructors respond individually and promptly to all questions and comments. Instructors lead everyone through lectures and readings, but no attendance is taken and there are no assignments to complete – instructors are always available when you are ready to engage them about what is on your mind.
You can see an online classroom. We use Moodle, and as Moodle explains, it is a virtual classroom system for tens of thousands of learning environments globally, including several university systems – more than 65 million users makes it the world’s most widely used learning platform. Contact instructors for more details about their courses through the links provided within their posted announcements below.
Wondering where you’d find the time? 30 minutes one day, 45 minutes another – a handful of hours add up over a week, entirely under your control. Admit it – you already spend that kind of time on your favorite social media sites. In class, you can be more of a listener (well, a reader) or more of a talker, whenever the mood strikes. By the end of the month, you will have had as much engagement and conversation as getting away for a two-day retreat. Leaving town for a while? Your classroom goes with you on a smartphone or a tablet, even on the beach!
Already registered? You will get an automatic confirmation of payment, and then you will get an email with login/access information a couple days before class starts. Joining a couple days late is just fine, too.
UPDATE: Are you a leader with a secular-oriented organization? Join the growing Education Connection network of similar organizations to promote each other’s sponsored classes and workshops for your local memberships. Get discount prices for your members and enjoy some free classes too! Contact us at email@example.com for more information. Also, any organization large or small can get a certificate for one of its leaders to take a free course during 2014, if 20 of its members join the email list before December 1st. During the email sign-up, members mention the organization name when asked about how you heard about us.