Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Creator: The Great Courses

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Creator is The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus:

I already hear some of you saying, “You’ve sold out, Uncle Bardie.” Well, I am here to tell you that I have not sold out. The Great Courses is not giving Uncle Bardie any moolah to sell the Great Courses. The thing is I love these guys.

Are you a learn-a-holic?  If you’re like me, you have so much curiosity it could kill fifty cats. So I want to give a shout-out for the Great Courses. These days you can get a college edumacation without taking a test, doing homework or even leaving your house.

The Great Courses offer college level classes taught by master teachers. And the courses are inexpensive too. (I bought them on sale when I was buying them.) The Great Courses can either be streamed to your computer or they will send the DVDs. Recently I joined The Great Courses Plus which allows me to stream hundreds of courses for an affordable subscription fee.

Been planning on doing some historical research. The Great Courses have you covered. Want to get to know Shakespeare? There’s several courses on him as well. Want to learn Spanish or French? Great Courses have that too. There’s courses on writing, on art and on music. Plus hundreds of other courses on science, math, travel, photography, cooking. If you have super-smart kids who want to get a step up on college, I can’t think of a better thing to do.

With me, it was a course on how to publish a book by Jane Friedman that got me started. Then I bought a course on art and Japan and British history. I have viewed courses on creative nonfiction and writing great fiction, the secret history of words and the art of storytelling. And for research I have watched several courses on the history of Israel and Christianity, the Tudor and Stewart dynasty, and Victorian Britain. Recently I purchased their Screenwriting 101.

You can see that I am hooked. So if you’ve been meaning to begin whetting that curiosity of yours, 2018 is the time for you. Join me in the joy of being a learn-a-holic.

2 thoughts on “Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Creator: The Great Courses

  1. This bunch (the Great Courses creator/staff) definitely deserve kudos!! Their product is superior, and they have helped me past my self-recriminations for not taking certain courses while I was in school! They have provided many people with a way to expand their world view, and open minds to new ideas and life-long learning! How could giving them credit for breaking down the impediments to higher education be a sell-out? Really?! Nice job, UB!!

  2. I remember getting all excited over taking my first college level literature class. I had visions of reading noble literature from someone who cared, instead I got a teacher who stared out the window as he droned on about what was currently in vogue.

    I was working nights in a steel foundry at the time and after a week, decided that sleep was more important.

    Wish we had online classes then.

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