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How many of you take advantage of free online university courses online? And no I am not referring to pseudo universiti
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I've been participating in Oxford's continuing education programs for a couple of years, and no they are not free but here in the U.S. universities such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, University of California, Yale, Dallas Theological Seminary, Missouri State, etc. offer numerous open coursework programs. Harvard currently lists 200 +/- courses of which you can receive a certificate for completing the course. Coursework from these universities include computer sciences, lit courses, biology and chemistry, history, etc... I'm just curious as to whether or not people within the CR community take advantage of these offerings.
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Forgot Audacity.com for Stanford great for computer geeks or scientists and if you want to pay Cambridge U. started online courses back in 10/12, British U's are great courses due to the fact that you really have work to participate face to face during tutorials or you'll be shot down immediately.
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I think it's an awesome idea. I've browsed the course offerings but I haven't found one that I really wanted to take. Well I did register for one, but didn't do any of the work. As such I continue to pay for online courses from a local public college.
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I learn on my own. What are these pseudo universities you are referring to.
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I've been participating in Oxford's continuing education programs for a couple of years, and no they are not free but here in the U.S. universities such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, University of California, Yale, Dallas Theological Seminary, Missouri State, etc. offer numerous open coursework programs. Harvard currently lists 200 +/- courses of which you can receive a certificate for completing the course. Coursework from these universities include computer sciences, lit courses, biology and chemistry, history, etc... I'm just curious as to whether or not people within the CR community take advantage of these offerings.


I don't, but my husband is taking genetics (www.Coursera.org) . He has already taken some other courses for fun, but I don't remember which ones, but I think it had to do with theoretical math or physics or something like string therory, computational whatnot, whatever. It's all over my head, I'm not a science or math person. I was an art major. I also forget which Universities he's taken them with. He's doing it for curiosity's sake. He already has a degree Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. He might have more than that, but I forget.
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Boganis wrote:

I've been participating in Oxford's continuing education programs for a couple of years, and no they are not free but here in the U.S. universities such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, University of California, Yale, Dallas Theological Seminary, Missouri State, etc. offer numerous open coursework programs. Harvard currently lists 200 +/- courses of which you can receive a certificate for completing the course. Coursework from these universities include computer sciences, lit courses, biology and chemistry, history, etc... I'm just curious as to whether or not people within the CR community take advantage of these offerings.


I don't, but my husband is taking genetics (www.Coursera.org) . He has already taken some other courses for fun, but I don't remember which ones, but I think it had to do with theoretical math or physics or something like string therory, computational whatnot, whatever. It's all over my head, I'm not a science or math person. I was an art major. I also forget which Universities he's taken them with. He's doing it for curiosity's sake. He already has a degree Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. He might have more than that, but I forget.


Damn, he's smart.

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Damn, he's smart.



Yes, he's book smart, and good looking, but he's a social dunce and lacks common sense. Love him to bits though. We both make up for what's lacking in each other. Together we make the perfect person. (No, the pic is not us.)

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Damn, he's smart.



Yes, he's book smart, and good looking, but he's a social dunce and lacks common sense. Love him to bits though. We both make up for what's lacking in each other. Together we make the perfect person. (No, the pic is not us.)



I'm glad you found that person. You are Yin and Yang.

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I learn on my own. What are these pseudo universities you are referring to.


Pseudo universities are universities that their credits rarely transfer, this being a problem even with established schools such as UCLA, with credible courses. I won't name names because many people will take it as a personal affront. But let's be honest do you think a future employer will want an employee with credits from Full Sail or Yale. Sorry had to throw out a name, but that's reality.
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Boganis wrote:

I've been participating in Oxford's continuing education programs for a couple of years, and no they are not free but here in the U.S. universities such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, University of California, Yale, Dallas Theological Seminary, Missouri State, etc. offer numerous open coursework programs. Harvard currently lists 200 +/- courses of which you can receive a certificate for completing the course. Coursework from these universities include computer sciences, lit courses, biology and chemistry, history, etc... I'm just curious as to whether or not people within the CR community take advantage of these offerings.


I don't, but my husband is taking genetics (www.Coursera.org) . He has already taken some other courses for fun, but I don't remember which ones, but I think it had to do with theoretical math or physics or something like string therory, computational whatnot, whatever. It's all over my head, I'm not a science or math person. I was an art major. I also forget which Universities he's taken them with. He's doing it for curiosity's sake. He already has a degree Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. He might have more than that, but I forget.


Thanks for your post and URL that your husband used. That was the main reason I threw this forum out there. I know everyone believes themselves to be brilliant but learning should be to some extent a lifelong agenda for everyone and where it's being offered for free hopefully some will be interested.
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I was just looking at the MIT website two weeks ago debating if I should buy some books off of Amazon and go through the course work. I didn't think you got credit for this though? I figured it was just to let people learn about shit in their spare time.
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Thanks for your post and URL that your husband used. That was the main reason I threw this forum out there. I know everyone believes themselves to be brilliant but learning should be to some extent a lifelong agenda for everyone and where it's being offered for free hopefully some will be interested.

You're welcome. I agree that learning should be lifelong. However, I don't believe that all learning can only be achieved within the confines of the university system. Many things can be learned outside of it, and some people can learn on their own.
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This is really interesting: thanks for sharing that link too.
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Thanks for your post and URL that your husband used. That was the main reason I threw this forum out there. I know everyone believes themselves to be brilliant but learning should be to some extent a lifelong agenda for everyone and where it's being offered for free hopefully some will be interested.


You're welcome. I agree that learning should be lifelong. However, I don't believe that all learning can only be achieved within the confines of the university system. Many things can be learned outside of it, and some people can learn on their own.

Too true when the information gleaned is seen as a conclusion instead of an inception.
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I was just looking at the MIT website two weeks ago debating if I should buy some books off of Amazon and go through the course work. I didn't think you got credit for this though? I figured it was just to let people learn about shit in their spare time.


I'm not sure, I stopped worrying about credits years ago so I use the courses to stimulate glial cells. Someone I asked thought that every school had their own program, but then again I rarely rely on that acquaintances advice. If I have the time to research in the next week I'll let you know. Look for MIT's unofficial website, I think some of the professors record their own lectures and place them on this site, have viewed several interesting ones, needless to say no credits.
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