SAO Short Course Week 0

I received the email telling me how to log on to the Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO) short course.

I managed to get onto their oh-so-slow system. They use a package with clunky java applets and ugly frames – very 1990s. I tried to change my password, which can be easily derived if you know my name, but the system would not let me.

Week 0 is for introductions. The system, rather than use a content system like GeekLog or Joomla, uses a third party course system. The chief communications method is via newsgroups (1980s).

Luckily, the software will not be how I judge the course. If, at the end of the six weeks, I manage to learn something new, I will count it as a net gain.

I learned my astronomy from the likes of Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke. You can’t get better teachers, so it will be interesting to see how this goes. 

One Comment

  1. Squirrel wrote:

    I can’t understand why people don’t update their sites. If I can’t do something I can always find someone to help me.

    I did the edward gorey quiz and got James the Lye drinker too.

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