I can’t say I am enjoying it very much.
We started this around the same time last year (I mentioned it here) and we completed all but the last two sections, which were spread over two days in March.
Of course, we all know what happened then!
And so, a year has passed and the course has been back on and off several times, resonating with the national lockdowns and restrictions.
So now, it has been decided to finally get it finished by completing the rest of it online.
I found it difficult enough when we were in the classroom, but 8 hrs a day on a laptop is definitely harder.
The tutor is a nice enough bloke, but I think he took an instant dislike to me right at the start: the first topic of discussion for the class was Innovation, and he started to talk about the internet and how it has changed our lives.
“Does anyone know who invented the internet?” he asked, a slight glee in his voice.
“I believe it evolved from ARPANET, which was a system originally designed to transfer information between American universities”, I said.
A few seconds, then: “Nope, it was a British scientist…” he said, emphasizing the word “British”, as a picture of Tim Berners-Lee flashed up in the Webex slideshow.
“Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, which is just a part of the internet.” I said, cutting in. “They’re not the same thing”.
There was a short silence.