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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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Posted 1/26/13

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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.


My grandfather was like that but he passed before he got into the Internet. He'd be in heaven these days. He literally went to classes his ENTIRE LIFE - even after he retired as a teacher - and died of a heart attack driving to a civil war lecture one evening. He said learning new things was what kept him so sharp.

Part of me is fairly intimidated by diving into course work like that - but the rest of me feels like it's almost disrespectful to his memory to not jump on free resources like the MIT site to educate myself. I've been out of school for awhile now, need something gentle or a good kick start.
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Posted 1/26/13

Skavian wrote:


Boganis wrote:


Skavian wrote:

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.


My grandfather was like that but he passed before he got into the Internet. He'd be in heaven these days. He literally went to classes his ENTIRE LIFE - even after he retired as a teacher - and died of a heart attack driving to a civil war lecture one evening. He said learning new things was what kept him so sharp.

Part of me is fairly intimidated by diving into course work like that - but the rest of me feels like it's almost disrespectful to his memory to not jump on free resources like the MIT site to educate myself. I've been out of school for awhile now, need something gentle or a good kick start.


I have hopes that this current economic scourge that seems to keep cascading will help to change educational barriers across this country. In the past decade the U.S. government has allowed the credit industry to use the education system as their most recent marketing tool. Giving student loans of $20k to $80k (possibly more) to freshmen who may not have a job or one that pays enough at the end of 4 years to start to pay back their loans. As well as our educational ranking dropping from 10th to 17th out of 50 O.E.C.D. countries.

I would think your grandfather would be proud of any and all steps that you take towards the improvement of you mind, remember your grandfather was young and probably lacking in the intellectual acuity that you associate him with having. Most of us were not given savant brains such as Tesla, Einstein, or Mozart were given. Most of us embarrassingly started in ignorance and a majority continue there out of complacency. I've personally found that the more I learn the more I'm inspired to learn. Curiosity is never something to be embarrassed by the lack of curiosity is the atrocity. Check out the MIT unofficial website I suggested or Yale, I'm sure you find something that will intrigue you.
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i used to go to the MIT website and use their physics lecture videos... but the lecturer was speaking english too quickly for me to follow. so i resorted to using Chinese University of Hong Kong's physics lectures in ppt.
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sky_flakes wrote:

i used to go to the MIT website and use their physics lecture videos... but the lecturer was speaking english too quickly for me to follow. so i resorted to using Chinese University of Hong Kong's physics lectures in ppt.


Thanks for the info on H.K.U.
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Posted 2/12/13
I sometimes uses the Stanford U Computer Science Lecture and the Enviormental Science at Open University (is pretty good).
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Posted 3/13/13
Whoa...Whoa...WHOA....

Free college courses online? Where do I sign up...
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Posted 3/14/13 , edited 3/14/13

a619ko wrote:

Whoa...Whoa...WHOA....

Free college courses online? Where do I sign up...


You can find quite a few here.

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses
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I had signed up for a few courses. first one I tried it for a while but I couldn't grasp the subject matter at all. it was completely over my head. so i quit after the 2nd or 3rd week. the second course i tried wasn't what i though it would be. i thought it was design as in advertisements and other artistic art forms made using color theory and the principals of design. instead it was design as in taking an object and making it better. either by making it work better than a previous model or at least making it look better so it could possibly sell better than the old version. the example that was given in the first classes was an ice cream scoop. he showed different models of ice cream scoops threw out history. So i dumped that class right away. never bothered to look at the 3rd one i signed up for because i was so disappointed in the other two
Posted 3/14/13
I've been doing a number of courses since I absorb everything easily
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Posted 3/15/13
I'm having a hard enough time trying to do the online parts from my TAFE courses I have from last year/this year to even look at any of these 'free college courses'. Procrastination always gets the better of me.
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Posted 3/15/13

a619ko wrote:

Whoa...Whoa...WHOA....

Free college courses online? Where do I sign up...


I've been using this one.

http://www.edx.org/
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Sweet, thanks guys.

Can I just sign up to any of them or do I have to attend that specific college that's offering the program?
Posted 3/15/13

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Sweet, thanks guys.

Can I just sign up to any of them or do I have to attend that specific college that's offering the program?


You can just sign up.

Posted 3/15/13
I'm dumb what if I fail
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Posted 3/15/13

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I'm dumb what if I fail


The majority of these classes are 100% on your own. You work at your own pace and you must review your own mistakes. If you managed to fail an ungraded course I would say you are quite skilled.
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