Trevis Rothwell's sundry thoughts on learning
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You think you know when you learn, are more sure when you can write, even more when you can teach, but certain when you can program.
-- Alan Perlis
When the University of Bologna opened its doors in 1088, centuries before the printing press and a millennium before the internet, gathering dozens of students into a room and talking at them was a great way to transmit knowledge. Today there are lots of ways to to learn, but short of entering the hallowed halls of academia and earning a degree, how can we demonstrate to others what we have learned?
Instead of being dependent upon paper credentials, perhaps what we should aim to do is to write about what we have learned; teach others as we have opportunity; and build and create things with what we know.
In the spring of 2013, I participated in an MIT Media Lab course on Learning Creative Learning. These are some essays I wrote as assigned activities or voluntary reflections during the course.
Trying to apply a "creative" component to routine book learning, I started writing reviews / summaries of books that I read.
- Cornell College, where I earned a degree one course at a time
- Digital Sound Design, an online course offered by Emory University through Coursera.org
- Relational Database Programming, a brief but intense class at MIT