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Edinburgh, Scotland, 11 October 2006 – The New Curiosity Shop, an innovative online college based in Scotland, has launched a novel way to learn online, by granting ‘Three Wishes.’

The ‘Three Wishes’ is a collection of very short courses that are available at any time, day or night; students can begin learning as soon as they enroll. All materials and learning activities are available online and each course has a support forum for students. Best of all, learners have the support of a genie – the tutor – and can ask up to three questions – the three wishes.

A Three Wishes course is typically around six hours of study, but a student has up to a month in which to tackle the tutor-supported assignments; the course remains available for a year.

Noel Chidwick, Founding Partner of the New Curiosity Shop, explains: “A Three Wishes course is ideal if you want to learn something new, but you don’t have a great deal of time in your busy week. It’s also a gentle and painless way to ease yourself back into learning if you’ve been away from formal learning for a while. It’s a fun way to find out what it’s like to learn over the Internet.”

Three Wishes courses available now include: Constellations of the North – a taster course in Astronomy What Does It All Mean? – a starter course in philosophy How to Learn Online – advice and support on learning online with more to follow.

At the beginning, the fees are set low at £20 a course (about $35 USD), while the approach is being evaluated. Noel Chidwick continues: “we are always thinking of ways to make online learning more attractive – we think the ‘Three Wishes’ provide a great way of finding your way back to the pleasures of learning.”

————– About the New Curiosity Shop

The New Curiosity Shop is a virtual college which provide online courses in a range of subjects. No conglomerates or multi-million dollar industry backing here: the New Curiosity Shop is the brain-child of two Edinburgh educationalists, Noel Chidwick and Dr W Arthur Chapman, who have a passion for learning, an appreciation of the technology and a desire to change attitudes in a world moving far too quickly for its own good. Our reach is world wide: we have tutors in Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, France and USA and in the short time we have been operational we have had students from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe. It’s learning for Grown-ups.

Contact: Noel Chidwick, Partner The New Curiosity Shop

Newbattle Abbey College Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland, EH22 3LL Email: Phone: +44 (0)131 208 1900 Skype: newcurioshop Web:

The New Curiosity Shop is a member of the British Learning Association



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