MIT OpenCourseWare offers free courses for interested SCAdians

Lady Merouda Pendray of the Kingdom of Northshield has discovered a website which provides "college level course work available for free for use by teachers, other professionals, and self-directed learners."

Merouda Pendray writes:

I was dinking around on the internet, finding more things to love, when I found the MIT OpenCourseWare site. If you haven't seen it, it's essentially a couple of degree's worth of college level course work available for free for use by teachers, other professionals, and self-directed learners.

Well, the SCA is full of self-directed learners, and in perusing the list of available courses, there's enough classes of interest to the mentally-hungry SCAdian for a person to keep themselves occupied by SCA relevant studies for 2 years, and more courses coming online every year. Some of the courses are sparse--a reading list and some sample projects--while others are so extensive as to include an MP3 file or actual video of every class lecture, professor's notes, all the tests, essays, reading lists, and more. For those who enjoy the academic life, and for those who just like to learn, it's a nice resource.

I took a little time to pick out the courses that are SCA-relevant and of obvious interest to me, and I thought I'd share that with you as a sample of the things you might find. I'm so excited!

Some MIT Open Course Ware of interest to the Self-Educating Scadian: or all courses listed at

  • Weight Training
  • Archery
  • Fencing
  • Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • From Print to Digital; Technologies of the World, from 1450-Present
  • The Renaissance, 1300-1600
  • The Ancient World: Rome
  • The Ancient World: Greece
  • History of Western Thought, 500-1300
  • Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective
  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare, Film and Media
  • Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer
  • Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers
  • English Renaissance Drama: Theatre and Society in the
  • Age of Shakespeare
  • Studies in Poetry: Gender and Lyric -- Renaissance Men and Women Writing about Love
  • Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization
  • Introduction to Western Music
  • Composing Music with Computers
  • Art of Color

Hope this is of interest to some!

Your Servant, Merouda