My name is Jake Drummond, and I’m a scientist with a passion for social sciences, biology, microbiology, and astronomy. Over the years, I have read many books and watched multiple documentaries about the topics that I find myself attracted to. Because I wanted to share some of the things I have discovered with the rest of the world, I finally decided to put together a blog. I’m not an excellent writer, but I will try to do my best at telling you all about the life I live and how I discover new resources on a regular basis.
One site I’ve found that has helped me a lot is Khan Academy. You can find a lot of courses and free online sources if you’re into exploring the internet, but it will take you a bit of time to get complementary ones. I, like many other Americans, find it counterproductive to pay for such classes especially when you’re a working class hero who wants to make enough money to put food on the table for his or her family.
Another useful website is Coursera, but I have to tell you that I’ve been a bit disappointed by it in the past because many of the courses that are available on the site have to be paid for. I know that the typical rule of living is that you won’t get anything for free, but it gets somewhat frustrating to keep looking for such things and failing to find them.
Finally, for a social scientist such as me, it’s useful to see that other resources are made available by national institutions even in different countries. For example, I was able to come across FutureLearn, a place where multiple universities organize courses that free of charge. Famous colleges such as the Uppsala Universitet, the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, and the UNSW Australia are some of the partners involved in the project. I am an eager learner of a lot of things, and I’ve noticed that this site is extremely helpful if you’re into social science. Courses regarding Taoism, teaching, English for the Workplace and a variety of others are all available on FutureLearn. I found out about it by accident, when I was reading some news back in 2014. While this site started with a limited number of free courses that you could count on the fingers of both of your hands, it now holds several hundred, I believe.
In short, I hope that you will enjoy the time you will spend on my blog as I’ll be discussing a lot about online learning, my passions for science and optics, and even talk about my family once in awhile.