Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Learn Just About Anything Online Free

Dan Colman, who directs Stanford University’s continuing studies program, sees no end to the growth of e-learning opportunities. Colman, who founded and edits Open Culture, a website that tracks free educational and cultural media on the Web, considers these materials to be an important resource for personal enrichment, not a replacement for a college education. “I think we’re entering an era where lifelong learners will have access to limitless amounts of free, noncommercial educational opportunities. Arguably, we’re already there.”

And still moving forward, if Congress passes President Obama’s $50 million proposal to develop new “open online courses” at community colleges as part of his American Graduation Initiative, announced in July.

Curtis J. Bonk, author of The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education, calls Obama’s plan “so spot-on in terms of what’s needed,” particularly because it focuses on community colleges rather than the elite universities that have led the e-learning movement. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives but is stalled in the Senate. Read the entire article with links to many free educational sites.

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1 comment:

Forest Parks said...

I never got a college education but I am seriously considering picking up an online degree in the next few years... My geographic location is never 100% stable (I'm currently living in Egypt and may be off to india soon) so it's aamazingly perfect for me.



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