For $150 a year (starts when you join - three sessions) you can become a member and take as many 'classes' as you can fit in your schedule. I went to a couple of sessions of Cliff Groh's class on Alaska Political Corruption a year or two ago as a guest speaker. Some of the people in the class were personal friends of people covered so the discussions were pretty interesting. That led to a session where I showed slides of Thailand. I had way too many pictures for that one, but the audience was polite. I shouldn't be teaching, I should be taking classes.
The Spring 2011 schedule offers a lot of variety. Things start this week. Here's a sampling:
- OLÉ! Does Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein
- Shoots & Leaves: Planning Your Garden
- Climate Change and Anthropogenic Global Warming
- Coming into the Country: Anchorage's Refugee and Immigrant Communities
- Protecting Your Art and Collectibles
- To Gain an Understanding of What Blogs Are and Their Impact
- To be able to explain what a blog is to someone else
- To be able to find blogs online
- To visit a number of different types blogs to get a sense of what this is blogging stuff is all about
- To be able to leave comments on blog posts
- To meet some bloggers and be able to ask them questions about why they blog, what they get out of it, etc.
- To understand how bloggers track their viewers and
- To know the kind of information you leave behind when you visit blogs (or other websites)
- To Try Out Creating Your Own Blog (Really, this is much easier than you can imagine. If it weren't, there wouldn't be so many blogs.)
- In this part of the class, participants will create a Blogspot blog of their own and publish a few posts including:
- Participants should also be able to
- notify Google of their blog and
- to include a tracking system to know how many people visit their sites.
- Weeks 1 and 3 will focus on Objective A - learning about blogs.
- Week 3 will include several local guest bloggers to talk about their blogs while you follow along online. There might even be time for them to help you with your blogs.
- Weeks 2 and 4 will focus on actually creating a blog and experimenting with it.
The class will be held in a computer lab, so we should have a good time. The Week 3 guest class turned out to be one of those opportunities caused by a problem - I was going to be out of town. But having the other bloggers will really add to the class. It was hard choosing people to invite, but in the end I tried to get people who do very different things on their blogs. I've still got one or two people to confirm.