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Excellent graduate level classes as podcast?

Can you find me excellent graduate level classes provided as official Apple podcast form factor? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Aug 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Crowdsourcing the first day in Forensic Psych

I'm teaching one of my favorite classes again this semester -- Forensic psych. Most of it is prepped from previous semesters, but with the recent events in Ferguson, I wanted to add in a day at the beginning dealing with police & policing, race, media effects, and so on. [more inside]
posted by bizzyb on Aug 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach me to use my phone.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Are there structured courses that will teach me about all of my phone's features? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 7, 2014 - 1 answer

A Microsoft Access Class

At work, I have been deemed the person in my group who should learn Microsoft Access. I am allowed to take a class. Can anyone recommend a good Microsoft Access class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Introductory sources on biological classification

I'm beginning a project that looks partly at biological classification, primarily in western science. I have no background in this, and so I'm digging around. I'm interested to know more about the current rules for nomenclature, and also to know more about historical, philosophical, sociological, knowledge practice, ethnographic, anthropological, science technology and society (STS), sociotechnical, etc., approaches to the study of biological classification. I'll take monographs, articles, papers, web sites, etc. I have access to a university library. What are some good sources that can introduce me to this? Many thanks!
posted by carter on Jun 9, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I learn to be a very good acrylic painter?

I've been a professional writer all my working life--non-fiction: newspapers, national magazines, books, tv--and now that I'm semi-retired I'm attempting to learn a new skill. Painting. It's thrilling to see the world in a new way and I love it. The instructor is delightful: accomplished and generous with praise. I've taken her beginners' course and learned a lot--by my subjective eye, I went from worst in the class to second best. Now I'm in the follow-up course. But I'm not very good yet and nearly all the 15 or so others in this class have painted for years or have taken lots of courses, and they're embarrassingly far ahead of me. I know that I must "compete" only with myself. I know that I can advance only at my own pace and that should be fine. But I want to learn faster! I want to be the best! I'm reading books, and practicing outside class, and messing around with different paints and colors and substrates, and that helps. Is there anything else I might do that would help me learn faster? Tips? Reading? Materials? Just practicepracticepractice? See, I don't even know enough yet to ask a clear and concrete question. Mefi artists, can you show me the way?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Budgeting 101?

Can you recommend budgeting and personal finance courses, or where I should be looking for such a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Good introduction to statistics class in the DC area or online?

I'm looking to take an intro to statistics class this fall or summer. I'd be up for taking it online or in person, if in person it would have to be in or near Washington DC. It could either be an undergraduate or graduate class, but not one where you have to know calculus. Has anyone taken a good introduction to statistics class in the DC area or online that they could recommend?
posted by catquas on Apr 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Film Suggestions About Women

Hey! I'm looking for movies about women who want to be high class and/or rich and famous. Not a "Cinderella" type story but one that is darker... Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 7, 2014 - 39 answers

Being New Money in an Old Money World

I am interested to read some commentary / discussion / critiques / first-person accounts about social climbing in our current society (preferably U. S. based). About both sides of the coin - people who are either successful or unsuccessful at navigating a change from lower-class to upper-middle-class, or beyond. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Tech that can run Adobe Suite, that is cheap, sturdy, and in bulk?

I need recommendations for a all in one desktop or study laptop that can run the Adobe Suite (not the newest in the creative cloud) for a new proposed Digital Arts course. These would purely need to run Photoshop, Illustrator - some sort of video editing program, and potentially a light game design program. (Doesn't need to be Flash) I know about different specs needed but am lost how to find what would work best and for 32+ students in one classroom. This would be a huge investment for the High School so if I can quote under 30,000 for all the new technology it would be more likely considered. [more inside]
posted by mariecheri on Nov 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Ideas for Noisemakers to Get the Attention of a Loud Classroom

Hey folks! I am a high school biology teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I am trying to find a small, creative noisemaker I can use as a signal to get the class to quiet down so I can give instructions. Some teachers raise their hands - however, this doesn't really work when they are busy peering through microscopes. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Oct 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Focused classes on ethnic food in bay area? (Or anywhere in US/world!)

I've taken cooking classes at some local places in the bay (tante marie, kitchen on fire), and in general I am a decently proficient cook. Definitely need to keep practicing and honing my taste and technique, but that comes with time. What I am interested in now are focused classes that dive deep into "ethnic" cuisine (I hate that term but I think it gets the point across). Cuisines I'm particularly interested in: Japanese, Argentinian, Peruvian, Vietnamese, French, Southern, Indian (all regions, esp. southern), Chinese... In the bay it'd be great to find a regular class or some weekend classes that dive deep into topics, but in general, I'd be interested if there are 1 or 2 week-long classes. For example, I'd totally be willing to go to city X for a week-long intensive course on stir-fry or something like that. Is this a thing? Does this exist, outside of culinary school?
posted by wooh on Oct 21, 2013 - 1 answer

Oaxacan cooking class for an expert cook?

What's a good cooking class to go to in Oaxaca, Mexico in December, for people who can already cook? Or other food-related Oaxacan suggestions? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Oct 11, 2013 - 1 answer

I am looking for ideas in teaching children spanish

I am new to teaching, and will be teaching spanish once a week for one hour to 8 or less children who are in reception and year 1 (4 to 6 years old). Do you have any ideas to what I can do? I have looked online and have some ideas but more are appreciated, I am quite nervous! [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Brief example of a rant / ineffective written argument?

Brief example of a rant / ineffective written argument? Possibly from a discussion forum, content thread, or review site? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

As a teacher, can I refer students to my professional business?

I teach writing to adults. When they ask me to edit something that's not for class (say, for their professional work), can I refer them to my private writing/editing business, even if they're currently enrolled in my class? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 12, 2013 - 5 answers

That's not the sort of thing I'd know!

Can you think of any examples from real life or fiction of people protesting their ignorance because knowing a thing would mark them out as of lower social standing? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Aug 2, 2013 - 28 answers

Yoga in the woods

What are some great yoga classes/retreats where you practice outside in a pretty natural setting? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Best texts & exercises for adults in a professional writing class?

What are the most useful writing tips and/or resources (books and the like) that you have come across as an adult? New teacher of a course in professional writing wants to know. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Need help drawing human anatomy and perspective again.

Are there any good exercises online (video or otherwise) that help? Or possibly some books? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 30, 2013 - 5 answers

My boyfriend is really tight with money. How do I navigate this?

My partner is a tight-arse, and I hate it. Can you please help me negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2013 - 56 answers

Education That Make You Sweat

Kinda fit 20ish guy in NYC looking for classes that have physical activity as a large component. I'm not looking for sports teams or exercise classes, but " learn a skill/a thing" classes that just happen to require you to lift, run, haul, etc. A spinning class would be out, but horseback riding would be a bit closer ( but not actually horseback riding). Ideally I could get to this class on the subway.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 15, 2013 - 28 answers

What are your best academic writing exercises for undergraduates?

What exercises do you use in class to help undergraduates become better writers? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Roger & Me & who else?

What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Apr 4, 2013 - 51 answers

Writing class in LA - NOT looking to be next big screen writer

I'm looking for something in Los Angeles that is similar to the Loft in Minneapolis - writing classes for all abilities and ambitions. I am not looking to write the next Pulp Fiction, only to have fun and actually write. I've found one potential place so far - this is a big city!! I must be missing something... right? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm missing a major pre-req for transfer to a UC, among other things.

I'm missing a major pre-req for transfer to a UC, among other things. [more inside]
posted by squirtle on Mar 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Middle of What?

How have sociologists and/or economists historically defined or measured "middle class" in the United States or the developed world generally? I mean over the last 100-200 years. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Feb 14, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I get hands-on training in home improvement locally?

Is there some kind of class, part-time apprenticeship, or in-home tutor I can use to get hands-on handyman training near Livonia, MI? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 31, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I respond to students who are unhappy with their grade?

I'm teaching a college-level creative course, and some of my students have emailed me saying they're dissatisfied with their posted grades. These students have Bs or better. Primarily I want the students to go away, but also I'd like them to understand that a B is a pretty good grade, and that the grades reflect the quality of the students' work and participation in class. I think some students expected As because it's a creative subject and (for them) an elective. Can I just not respond to these emails, or is that an instructor faux pas?
posted by Hoenikker on Jan 15, 2013 - 46 answers

One last economics class to take. What are my online options?

My friend has one last class to take. Economics 10B at UC Santa Cruz. She's already clarified with the dean that she can take this lower division class at an accredited institution. Where can she get this done as quickly and painlessly as possible? BYU Online? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Films, shows, videos, imagery representing success and failure in American culture?

Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 3, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me fake it until I make it.

I want to be better, faster, smarter and stronger, but I'm behind the eight ball. Help? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Dec 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Online Programming Courses for College Credit?

Any recommendations for online programming courses for college credit (NOT books or free online resources/tutorials)? Python and Java preferred but I'd be interested in other languages. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

How does a college class get accredited?

Education filter: How do you get a class accredited at a community college? Does it depend on the individual state or local system? Who would be the right people to talk to understand this process? Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

The coalman's fedora

Hats and Social Class in Pre-Internet England: I recall part of an episode of Are You Being Served where Captain Peacock was castigating another male employee (perhaps Mr Grainger) for wearing a bowler hat to work when bowlers were reserved for managers. Now, we all know Peacock to be stuffy, stodgy, etc., but was this a real thing? We're different styles of hat ever reserved for a particular class?
posted by bluejayway on Nov 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?

Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Making myself my own job...

I've sent so many resumes out by this time that the word resume has lost all meaning, and cover letter makes me sigh. Aggressive job hunting since July has turned up bupkiss. I need money. I really do. Social services gives me enough to not starve and that's about it. Not being able to do much other than go to my job experience job and to the grocery store is sucking the life out of me. So I sat down and tried to come up with a way that I could make money and still look at myself in the mirror. I want to do a Mixed-Media Art Workshop aimed at the art-curious, beginners, just liked art class in high school, and people looking to kill an hour without it being a dating set up. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Movies set in another country, please.

I need some suggestions for movies made fairly recently that are set in another country. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Sep 27, 2012 - 21 answers

You say scone, I say scone; let's call the whole thing off

We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
posted by monkey closet on Sep 27, 2012 - 48 answers

I could make each student role-play shouty/weird Steve Jobs anecdotes

Anyone have good ideas for undergrad class discussion exercises? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" -- racial or class connotations?

Southern Naming Conventions: Is there a race or class component to the Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" (when used by adults to refer to other adults)? Which groups use this, when, and what does it connote when employed between/among races or social classes? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 11, 2012 - 50 answers

Do people marry someone similar?

My friend has heard that people marry those who are similar to themselves (in looks, age, social class, education etc). He worries this will rule out all the "good" women. Help me advise him how marriages really work. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 15, 2012 - 36 answers

Accessible Access Training?

Microsoft Access Training/Classes in New York City (Manhattan), or your best suggestion of online materials. [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jul 20, 2012 - 4 answers

What happened to the servants?

By the second half of the 20th century, Britain's servant class had all but disappeared. How was this phenomenon covered in contemporary news, commentary and literature? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Boot the gym bag!

What do posh people do, that us mere mortals do not? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jul 10, 2012 - 84 answers

How do I ask for a work/life balance?

I found a class I'd like to take after work. How bad would it look to ask my new boss if I could leave 5 or 10 minutes early to get there on time? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I call her?

Should I call this woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 52 answers

The Working Class Goes To Heaven

Happy May 1, everyone! Movie questions - I'm putting together a film series showing radical comedy about being working class/pink collar/lower-middle-class, mostly drawn from the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Or at least I hope I am - this was inspired by realizing how great 9 to 5 is and a vague memory of seeing reruns of other movies with a similar sensibility on the late show in the late eighties and early nineties. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 1, 2012 - 32 answers

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