My "day job" is in Higher Education. Among the classes I teach is one on Fairy Tales, with focus on Disney, Grimms, and Perrault. This college class is now available to the general public, and it's completely free!
The class is a massive open online course (MOOC) and is administered through canvas.net - it's free to sign up and take the class! It's a four-week course starting on August 5.
The class was built to expect about two hours of engagement/interaction ("work") per week, so it's not meant to overload the participants with chores and duties. In that sense, it's less rigorous than my regular college classes. The class doesn't have any required (synchronous) meetings; you do the work whenever you want within the week.
This course does not have a completion certificate - you'd be taking it just for the fun of it. There aren't any papers or projects. While the class does offer quizzes and discussion boards, there isn't really a rigorous process to "pass" the course since there isn't a certificate offered anyway.
The class is, however, experimental in a different sense: it's got game elements in it. We added badges and group competition, as well as Easter eggs, throughout the class. This should be fun!
Week 1 - Cinderella
Week 2 - Snow White and Sleeping Beauty
Week 3 - Rapunzel and Frog Princess
Week 4 - Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast
Please feel free to sign up and spread the word. I can't wait to share with you what these fairy tales used to mean and how they've been changed for modern audiences!! Sign up here: https://www.canvas.net/courses/fairy-tales-origins-and-evolution-of-princess-stories
Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.