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PeakeCentral

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Morning all,

There's a nice introduction to theory over at Coursera: <clickety>.

It's delivered by the University of Edinburgh, it's a five week course, and of course it is free.

It is aimed at beginners, so don't expect the world, but I certainly found the first lesson useful. And I scored highly in the end of module test too!

Martin
 

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Might take a look at this to keep me focused on theory, something I pick up and do for a week and then leave so never progress very far :)

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Disappointing that a University should be offering the opportunity to 'Join for free'.
 

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I'm doing that course. I nkow a fair amount of theory already, but it's always interesting to gaet a new perspective.
 

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I've also enrolled for this. I recently did another Coursera freebie "Developing your Musicianship". It was good I learned quite a bit.
 

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I've also enrolled in this course. What I particularly like is you can download the video lectures and save them on your hard drive. This allows you to view them again for a refresher at a future date. Once the course ends the course material is taken down a short while later but your download is forever.

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I have signed up to this as well!
I just finished the "Leading an Ensemble" which had loads of videos.
It was quite refreshing to complete week on on the theory course within a couple of hours. ;)
 

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Glad people find it useful. I had also signed up for Cryptography I, but that was rather harder than I imagined...

@Targa, I think it's great that Unis offer this facility. It's a kind of outreach that works. Further, MOOCs like this never hurt a department's reputation.

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Glad people find it useful. I had also signed up for Cryptography I, but that was rather harder than I imagined...

@Targa, I think it's great that Unis offer this facility. It's a kind of outreach that works. Further, MOOCs like this never hurt a department's reputation.

Martin
I was not commenting on them offering the facility, merely their lack of a basic grasp of English grammar.
 

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I was not commenting on them offering the facility, merely their lack of a basic grasp of English grammar.
It is one phrase that frustrates me too.:mad:
 

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I was not commenting on them offering the facility, merely their lack of a basic grasp of English grammar.
I wonder. The language is changing. And we regularly break rules that were de riguer when I was at school. Even books written 50 years ago sound dated. Join for free is simply modern idiom to me.

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But.... I find many of the changes very irritating. I'm trying to rationalise it and adapt, but it's difficult.
 
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I wonder. The language is changing. And we regularly break rules that were de riguer when I was at school. Even books written 50 years ago sound dated. Join for free is simply modern idiom to me.

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But.... I find many of the changes very irritating. I'm trying to rationalise it and adapt, but it's difficult.
I agree the language changes, Chaucer is different from The Anglo Saxon Chronicles, but terms such as 'for free' are used by those who cannot, or cannot be bothered, to speak correctly. Of course nobody is allowed to correct them, even the teachers, (not that they probably know either), because 'it doesn't matter'.
 

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Of course nobody is allowed to correct them, even the teachers, (not that they probably know either), because 'it doesn't matter'.

I can correct students' English, and do so all the time even though my subject is Computing. Please do not believe all the rubbish spouted by our erstwhile Secretary of Education; some of us are actually quite literate and also care about our students as individuals. You may interpret 'quite' in either the English or American versions, both apply.
 

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I can correct students' English, and do so all the time even though my subject is Computing. Please do not believe all the rubbish spouted by our erstwhile Secretary of Education; some of us are actually quite literate and also care about our students as individuals. You may interpret 'quite' in either the English or American versions, both apply.
So did you not notice the error?
By the way 'my bad' is acceptable because the first time I heard it used was by Buffy the Vampire Slayer so it always makes me think of her.
 

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