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Old 05-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
 
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Default Have you heard about Coursera?

You can take free online classes from Standford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan. These are the actual courses that they teach to their students. Why they do this I don't know. I don't care. I'm thrilled.

I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.

Anyway, I think it's really neat if you love to learn.

https://www.coursera.org/
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
 
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Maybe, I know stanford has free classes, I am taking the iphone app programming one and my friend was taking another software class, thanks for reminding me, I need to ask him how it's going.

And thanks for sharing, I need to check this out. I've been lazy.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
 
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I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.
What is CLEP?

I think it's really cool that schools are doing this, but I also feel a bit weird about it. Like, it just makes it more obvious/in-your-face that it's really just the prestige associated with the name of attending the school that's what you're paying for, not the actual education. And unfortunately people often get hired off of that prestige next to their name, instead of what they actually know.
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I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.
What is CLEP?

I think it's really cool that schools are doing this, but I also feel a bit weird about it. Like, it just makes it more obvious/in-your-face that it's really just the prestige associated with the name of attending the school that's what you're paying for, not the actual education. And unfortunately people often get hired off of that prestige next to their name, instead of what they actually know.
What do you mean? Are you saying that because they are offering free classes, then the quality of their education in general(paid especially) is not really that good?
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This is really cool - checking it out now.
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I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.
What is CLEP?

I think it's really cool that schools are doing this, but I also feel a bit weird about it. Like, it just makes it more obvious/in-your-face that it's really just the prestige associated with the name of attending the school that's what you're paying for, not the actual education. And unfortunately people often get hired off of that prestige next to their name, instead of what they actually know.
CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program. Basically if you feel you know enough in one subject, you take the CLEP exam and if you pass you actually get college credit for it.
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I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.
What is CLEP?

I think it's really cool that schools are doing this, but I also feel a bit weird about it. Like, it just makes it more obvious/in-your-face that it's really just the prestige associated with the name of attending the school that's what you're paying for, not the actual education. And unfortunately people often get hired off of that prestige next to their name, instead of what they actually know.
What do you mean? Are you saying that because they are offering free classes, then the quality of their education in general(paid especially) is not really that good?
I THINK she's saying that, for instance, UMass or Harvard, the education is the same but you're paying for the name.
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I'm going to take a history and a sociology course. I won't get credit, but I'll CLEP it later. University of Massachusetts has a program called University Without Walls that is very lenient about accepting credits from other colleges and also about accepting CLEP exams as classes. it's the only way I'll ever get a Bachelor's because I just don't have the money to go the traditional rout.
What is CLEP?

I think it's really cool that schools are doing this, but I also feel a bit weird about it. Like, it just makes it more obvious/in-your-face that it's really just the prestige associated with the name of attending the school that's what you're paying for, not the actual education. And unfortunately people often get hired off of that prestige next to their name, instead of what they actually know.
What do you mean? Are you saying that because they are offering free classes, then the quality of their education in general(paid especially) is not really that good?
Basically I'm saying the opposite! That the education is good regardless of the price of it, and by offering the free classes they're acknowledging that education should not cost a fortune. But by doing so they're also acknowledging that the price is for the name on your degree, not for the education itself. Something people know anyway, but the institutions usually seem to deny.
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