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Is there such a thing as a free education?

I've just signed up for a free class at Coursera. The topic is The Modern World: Global History since 1760.

I first learned about Coursera a few months ago. I got all excited about it, and immediately signed up for a course on statistics. I also immediately re-learned a lesson about poor timing—alas, the perfect time to sign up for a college-level course is not when you're in Sweden for work. So I unregistered, but I'm happy to be giving it another try, this time for a class that Jesse and I chose together.

One thing I find attractive is Coursera's philosophy that education isn't over when you are handed a piece of paper. Perhaps it's because I never got that piece of paper, or perhaps it's because I'm a programmer, which is not a terrific field for resting on one's laurels. Anyhow, this notion of a world where people are constantly learning sounds pretty groovy to me.

I'd say I'll let you know how it goes, but that would be a lie. At best, it would be an expression of honest intention, but not one I can guarantee that I'll follow through on. I can guarantee that I'll think about it a lot, though!

1/2/2013     3 comments