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Free College Education For You!

Want to get free education from a major university or college from home? Still not interested? How about a free job placement service through the same system? Getting close?

http://www.coursera.org

If any of the following fields interest you, then please sign up! It's as easy as typing your email address, name, and creating a password!

Fields:

"Biology and Life Sciences" - (24 courses to pick from)
"Business and Management" - (13 courses to pick from)
"Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Vision" - (19 courses to pick from)
"Computer Science: Programming and Software Engineering" - (19 courses to pick from)
"Computer Science: Systems, Security, Networking" - (16 courses to pick from)
"Computer Science: Theory" - (12 courses to pick from)
"Economics and Finance" - (20 courses to pick from)
"Education" - (4 courses to pick from)
"Electrical and Materials Engineering" - (11 courses to pick from)
"Food and Nutrition" - (8 courses to pick from)
"Health and Society & Medical Ethics" - (22 courses to pick from)
"Humanities" - (31 courses to pick from)
"Information, Technology, and Design" - (14 courses to pick from)
"Mathematics" - (12 courses to pick from)
"Medicine" - (21 courses to pick from)
"Music, Film, and Audio Engineering" - (9 courses to pick from)
"Physical and Earth Sciences" - (24 courses to pick from)
"Social Sciences" - (1 course to pick from)
"Statistics, Data Analysis, and Scientific Computing" - (13 courses to pick from)

Universities and Colleges involved in Coursera:

Berklee College of Music
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Columbia University
Duke University
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Johns Hopkins University
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Ohio State University
Princeton University
Rice University
Stanford University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of British Columbia
University of California, Irvine
University of California, San Francisco
University of Edinburgh
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of London International Programmes
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Melbourne
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Wesleyan University




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...from the university, and we're here to help.

Massively Open Online Courses, starts with MOO (as in the sound made by cattle).

Seriously, beware of massively open online indoctrination. These universities are (a big) part of the problem.

Here is an excerpt:

...some have been confidently predicting that science, going along as it has gone, would solve all problems and answer all questions, others have been mourning. Among these mourners have been people of the highest intelligence and education, who were speaking, not from nostalgia or reaction or superstitious dread, but from knowledge, hard thought, and the promptings of culture.

What were they afraid of? What were their "deep set repugnances?" What did they mourn? Without exception, what I think they feared, what they found repugnant, was the violation of life by an oversimplifying, feelingless utilitarianism; they feared the destruction of the living integrity of creatures, places, communities, cultures, and human souls...What they mourned was the progressive death of the earth.

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If regression really is a possibility, then should we not watch for the signs of it? And should we not attempt to subtract regression from progression to get at least an approximate notion of net gain and net loss? ...as knowledge expands globally it is being lost locally. This is the paramount truth of the modern history of rural places everywhere in the world. And it is the gravest problem of land use: Modern humans typically are using places whose nature they have never known and whose history they have forgotten; thus ignorant, they almost necessarily abuse what they use. ... If we "grasp the true strangeness of the universe" but forget how to farm, what is the gain?

(This is not a part of the text here, but the same author's idea that universities teach people something that "works somewhere" to go out and "apply it everywhere" without connection to place fits in well.)

I have just suggested that a scientist and an artist may have to live and work outside the university if they are to have a sustained, mutually instructive, and effective conversation. Some will argue with this, and so be it. I will only point out...that universities pay little or no attention to the local and earthly effects of the work that is done in them...A vital, functioning intellectual community *could* not sponsor patterns of land use that are increasingly toxic, violent, and destructive of rural communities.

(The above is all from "Life is a Miracle, An essay against modern superstition" by Wendell Berry, which I highly recommend.)

wow!

cool! thanks for putting this up!

No problem!

:D

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I've enrolled in some, others seem to perhaps be agenda driven?

Like the course on Obamacare taught by a guy who helped craft it? Who served as special advisor for health policy in the Whitehorse... There's also a lot about Globalism, and Global crises makes me wonder who's funding this?...

But knowledge is power there are some gems on this site to be sure.

It depends

On the school offering the course. There are no doubt some schools who lean a certain direction more-so than others.

Regardless, taking a course on Obamacare helps give you a deeper understanding of it, whether you support it or not.

Every course has a forum so peers can discuss the topics at hand, so it might be nice to stir up a little debate?

However, I don't much care to learn anything about Obamacare at this time as I have ALMOST too many courses piled up as it is! XD

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Mhm there's nothing wrong with gaining a deeper understanding.

A lot of good can but a lot being taught would probably be things we disagree with and consider incorrect. Like this from the Principles of health course.

"Students in the course will explore successful examples in public health, including how scientific discoveries and regulatory policies have both contributed to mitigate risk factors and improve health outcomes"...

It's just seems its very globalist and very collectivist, across many areas even the history classes. Not that we can't learn from it. I'm just pointing out that it's not exactly Thomas Woods liberty School...

It's spreading a lot of what we would consider incorrect information for the masses, thus misinformation. Where as we would look at the unintended consequences and the bigger picture not just apparent immediate benefits.

Online education such as this

Online education such as this is generally known as MOOC. See this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course

Khanacademy was one of the inspirations for efforts such as these and this phenomenon first took off with Udacity, another MOOC. Coursera then followed afterwards.

Coursera was mainly started up by Stanford university, where all the other universities joined up at a later date. Its main competitor is Edx (formerly MITx, which still exists), which is a joint between MIT and Harvard (2 other universities later joined up as well).

These MOOC's have been popping up like mushrooms ever since and is considered a revolution by the education field. There are more MOOC's besides these 3, but these 3 are the most well known. Right now, education is incredibly expensive and ever since MOOC's came into existence, others have jumped on the bandwagon afraid they would miss out on the developements. After all, most MOOC's are free and have some significant advantages over traditional education, namely minimal costs with an almost unlimited reach out to students. For more advantages, look up the TEDtalks discussing these subjects:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6FvJ6jMGHU

However, a caution must be added. Right now, MOOC's are free, but should they ever catch on or influence the universities current revenue model, there's a high possibility that a fee might still be implemented (though likely still much lower than normal). So if you want completely free education, right now is the moment, before they catch on completely.

For more advantages and disadvantages, there are numerous articles discussing these. Look those up as well.

Hmmmm.

I know I wrote that I wasn't interested in taking classes, in the thread with the Schiff video in 'Nawlins...

But this has me very interested. Very interested indeed. It's really as simple as just signing up for it? No strings?

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Hey, that is pretty cool.

Hey, that is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

I can think of someone who will certainly be interested :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

6 days till this course begins!!!

https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain

TAKE THIS WITH ME!!!! :D

If you don't start it within 6 days, you have 3 weeks or something to complete the first week with full credit! :)

You are ALLOWED to join late!

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Pretty neat,

but I don't see physics listed as a course option when some courses require knowledge of it ;(

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

Their listed under Physical

Their listed under Physical and Earth Sciences

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I only found one

which is the introduction to physics which is better than nothing (beggars can't be choosers.) Was looking for classical mechanics & magnetism physics.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

If you don't see what you are looking for

wait a month and check back! They add new courses monthly from what I have observed and new universities & colleges join the crew ever now and again!

This is a relatively new service which is evolving as it goes!

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