Animal Behaviour

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of MOOCs (massive open online courses) that have become relatively popular over the last years. I enjoy the platforms Coursera and edX most. Both offer a wide variety of courses for free. To deepen the experience, I decided to pay for my latest course, Animal Behaviour, provided by the University of Melbourne.

When you decide to pay for the course (35 € for this particular course), you can get a verified certificate with distinction (when you participate successfully, that is). I thought paying might motivate me to do all the assignments with greater care and to take the course more seriously than I took some of the courses I tried before.

The extents of these courses vary. Animal Behaviour is estimated to 6 – 8 hours of work per week. I probably underestimated the workload, especially since I currently write my master’s thesis, but I enjoy the course anyways. One of the assignments I have to do for the course is to take field notes on the behaviour of an animal of my choice. I decided to watch a pair of Atlantic Puffins nesting on Seal Island, Maine, USA via webcam. On my field notes blog, The Atlantic Puffin, I share my observations and videos of interesting events, in case you’d like to pop in an take a look.

Hole in the egg

Puffin mother with the egg


Fluffy little hatchling

I just wanted to let you know what I have been up to these past couple of weeks. The course ends in two weeks, I hope to find more time for this blog by then. Until then, enjoy the summer!