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    If that counts as a real and quantifiable degree, then I will be suing for my 100k degrees that i have...
    This is a new system. It's not something that could be supported in the past. On top of that, if people like you started defaulting on loans or people stopped attending college so that they could flock en mass to free online learning, the system would almost assuredly be monetized. Moreover, the fact that you got into a good university and stuck with it to get your degree is not going to go away.

    I really think this kind of free learning is extending education to people that otherwise wouldn't be able to get it, not replacing traditional education. And that's a good thing.
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    This is pretty awesome. Free access to higher learning in everything from guitar playing to quantum mechanics. No pressure, no money, just sign up for what you want and get ready to learn. It's about time someone thought of this. I figure I'll probably brush up on my Python and learn a little bit about the market.

    What about you Playgrounders? Any interest in free higher education?
    I'm Scottish - I am already into free higher education 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarion View Post
    This is a new system. It's not something that could be supported in the past. On top of that, if people like you started defaulting on loans or people stopped attending college so that they could flock en mass to free online learning, the system would almost assuredly be monetized. Moreover, the fact that you got into a good university and stuck with it to get your degree is not going to go away.

    I really think this kind of free learning is extending education to people that otherwise wouldn't be able to get it, not replacing traditional education. And that's a good thing.
    And I totally agree with you saying that, I was going more hypothetical. i also think if the US education system were to be more realistic, failing the morons and losers, then we could logically go to a free higher education system. Also, more free education means more jobs coming back as a result.

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    ....So......
    Has anyone decided to try any courses out? I am the Lone-Nerd in the Playground?

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    Well, I've been meaning to expand my knowledge of programming for some time now...
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    I'm taking a two courses: Python (um, the programming language, not Parseltongue) and a genetics/evolution class.

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    ....So......
    Has anyone decided to try any courses out? I am the Lone-Nerd in the Playground?
    I'm teaching a section of copyright law in spring on the edX platform. Take my course!*


    *Can't actually guarantee I'd be teaching you though, I think which TA you get is going to be random. They're all super awesome though.
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    Hmm...

    I think about the course „writing in sciences”. I think it will be good for me, since I am even good reader, but a poor writer. Also, I already sent an IELTS form and some training in writing-activity would be helpfully (and motivate me to refresh my grammar). Maybe during deeds of scientific writing, I even extend my vocabulary.

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    I am afraid I misread the aim of the course. It can be just a set of advices and I will be messing around with my creepy syntax. Even if I honesty want to learn something about scientific writing and write scientific articles, I shoudn't, because I will lower the level and bother everybody?

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    It's an internet course. I don't need to use my camera, microphone and worry about my pronunciation. I must only watch video, listen to instructor and write some papers – and I have whole week for that, with dictionary and other resources. Maybe I should just try to realize where my abilities lies?

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    I think I just do not understand the idea of internet education and it is an original source of my doubts, because I am unfamiliar with this "coursera"...
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    I'm in a Python course as well and I'm already so far behind. I have to do three quizzes and the first mini-project to get on track to start the second mini-project this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skami Pilno View Post
    ....So......
    Has anyone decided to try any courses out? I am the Lone-Nerd in the Playground?
    I sihn up for two bio classes (Useful Genetics and Human physiology) but they start January, etc so I'll have to wait ands see if any good.

    I hope they aren't too bad, if they count (for credit) when I finally get around for applying for a masters that'd be awesome.

    But if they just expand my knowledge that is okay too.

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    And now for the feedback.

    I dropped out of the Python course I was taking. Based on my experience and the feedback I saw on the class boards, you can clearly see you're getting what you paid for. The assignments made no sense, there were multiple documented technical issues with the site concerning posts and assignments, and the lectures were barely tangentially related to the course work.

    If you sign up for a course through here, go in with tempered expectations. I was very excited for this course and it was a monumental letdown.
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    I'm in that python course and it's kinda funny....they're only on assignment 2 right now. There have been a couple of quizzes, but those aren't due till the end of the course (they posted that last bit of information more than a week after the start; they should have done it at the beginning). Also, in one of the videos, they almost verbatim provide instructions for completing the first assignment which was little more than a "Hello World" introduction to Python. The videos are informative, but a little too long winded (like most CS professors) and the grading 5 assignments per week is a little bit time consuming, but they do a good job breaking it down into a check list format to make it streamlined and easy. Overall, they seem to know what they are doing and now that the introduction week is over, I look forward to actually learning a bit about GUIs in Python.

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    I thought the assignments made sense … Or at least something must have sunk in, since I got a 100% on the first mini-project. The only thing that gave me trouble was that I forgot to use modulo 5 at first, so entire lines of my RPSLS would just not show up whenever I ran it.

    I'm more or less enjoying it, although maybe it's because I went into it expecting to be mostly on my own and get very little feedback.
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