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National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:27:31 AM »
For info' -

New free online course
We have partnered with the University of Strathclyde to produce a free online four-week course, open to everyone, on the lives of the British railway worker from 1840 to 1914.

Each week the course will look at a different category of worker, starting with engine-drivers, then signallers, navvies and finally clerks. You will discover and interrogate primary sources and discuss your findings with other participants and course leaders Professor Kirstie Blair, University of Strathclyde and Dr Oli Betts from the National Railway Museum.


More details at -
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/working-lives-on-the-railway
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 11:45:51 AM »
Not trying to be cynical - I know the course is free, but it sounds like a couple of academics feathering their nests.

During my geophysics degree, I'd find myself wandering around paddocks getting chased by bulls in outback NSW, mapping the geology for an assignment.

The lecturers would then use that data for their own theses, to further their own careers.
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2019, 11:55:04 AM »
I tend to agree with you George. Reading further, yes the course is free - for a while! You can pay a fee to prolong the availability and get a certificate, or pay a, (much), larger fee to access other courses. Personally, I prefer to read books that I have chosen.  :beers:
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2019, 12:03:42 PM »
Thanks for that, mate.  :thumbsup:

These days it is so easy to do historical research yourself on the internet. This is particularly true in our chosen hobby.

Plus, there is a plethora of excellent books and published work on the British railway history.

And what use is such a certificate going to be to you, anyway? It's not exactly gonna open career door opportunities!

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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 12:14:32 PM »

And what use is such a certificate going to be to you, anyway? It's not exactly gonna open career door opportunities!


You could go along to a local preserved railway and say "Look, I have done a little course and have got a certificate. Can I help run your railway as I am now qualified?".   :)
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 12:18:54 PM »
Gawd, don't you dare post that on the preserved railways driver shortage thread!!  ;)
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2019, 12:21:06 PM »
Why, would it not help?  ;D
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2019, 12:30:46 PM »
As an Engineering graduate of Strathclyde I view this announcement with some bemusement and some interest.

Strathclyde University was assembled from some of the best engineering colleges in the UK in the mid sixties and had added to it, consisting of 10% of the student population, arts and social science faculties to give it some balance.  As an engineering student we retarded these faculties as being a necessary evil as they gave us our only  "female " students  :).

Over the years these arts faculties have made good use of the technology heritage of the University and have produced some very good research, so i'm hopeful of the quality of the work.

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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 12:36:31 PM »
Snowwolfair:

Good post  ;)

I'm sure the course content will be first class. I just question the reason for it.

David:

Maybe, if I had 1981 hit and changed me name to Sheena Easton  ;D
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 03:20:20 PM »
As an engineering student we retarded these faculties as being a necessary evil as they gave us our only  "female " students  :).


Unfortunate spelling error there, David ;)

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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2019, 03:40:06 PM »
Being a student, he may well have retarded the faculties.  :)
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2019, 03:46:31 PM »
As an engineering student we retarded these faculties as being a necessary evil as they gave us our only  "female " students  :).


Unfortunate spelling error there, David ;)

Iím sure we retarded quite a few girls studies :D

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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2019, 07:51:23 PM »
As an engineering student we retarded these faculties as being a necessary evil as they gave us our only  "female " students  :).


Unfortunate spelling error there, David ;)

Iím sure we retarded quite a few girls studies :D

I would have thought that they would have retarded your studies more!
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Re: National Railway Museum - Free Online Course
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2019, 07:53:18 PM »
did somebody forget the word regarded ? oh well .... sounds interesting if interested in railway history and the rich diversity of Britain's past industrial and railway related life

 

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