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Old December 16th, 2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I have a Degree and a Masters in Geography. Over the years I have managed to work in my field of expertise, but I never forgot my passion for history.

I'm an avid reader of history books, and a frequent visitor of many sites of historical importance in some countries I have visited. It's a real passion for me.

My favorite subjects are the greek expansion with Alexander, the late roman republic and the beginning of the empire, the byzantine empire, the crusades, the french revolution and napoleonic wars, and the two world wars and the period between them. Furthermore I have a special interest in the 1918-1973 period in the middle-east and the birth of Israel.

I have dozens of books about all of this subjects and more are on my list.

In the last 2 years I'm thinking in expanding my knowledge of history with a masters... but I'm indecisive over the action to take... which one to choose... etc...! I even thought about a creative way in getting GIS (geographic information systems) working with some history subject, thematic or line of analyses... but I haven't reach any conclusion...

In the end, I'm asking for ideas, help, some guidance or even the contact of someone who can exchange some ideas with me.

Thank you very much.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 06:26 AM   #3

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I noticed that you state that you are from the North of Portugal.


Some years ago the Medieval History Integrated course, from FLUP, Porto, that allow to reach the Master, was very good. And with a good relation quality/cost. Don’t know how are the things now…
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 10:55 AM   #4

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I have some experience in e-learning, on and off, although all universities nowadays use some form of e-learning, when they choose to give their teachers a day off. Most of it isn't actual learning, just 'content' or flyers from powerpoint etc. and the learning is questionable. You would probably learn more surfing google than e-learning.

E-learning degrees can be useful but generally a waste of time. I think e-learning courses are useful for those with some experience or knowhow in the course content already, if you approach e-learning from the ground up, its a uphill battle. It is better for those who already have jobs in the field.

For me it is boring, and generally a waste if you are paying the same money as actual university. If you are paying less and can get by boring days alone in front of a computer screen counting down the days for when you can get a brand new assignment, or waiting clueless for over a month while they (one guy with the world on his shoulders) mark your work, then it can be OK.

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