Free Education: Far From a Waste of Time

Free Education: Far From a Waste of Time

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If quality high education is offered to everyone with access to an Internet connection would the public respond strongly to this? The answer is relatively mixed, but for the most part, yes, but the main issue with that is the lack of knowledge about said resources. No, I am not talking about public school.

There are many ways to study for a class; read the chapters, study the review questions, flash cards, quizzing yourself, and whatever hairbrained cheat code you have for remembering information. However, there are two left out from this list. Khan Academy is a free online sight developed by Salman Khan in 2006 where anyone can learn about math, history, medicine, business, chemistry, physics, biology, and many more.

Originally made as a series of YouTube video tutorials on certain math problems, Khan Academy now helps over 10 million students per month with over 100,000 problems for students to practice with, thousands of student resources, and 6.000 lectures. This is not a replacement for teachers but should be a way students can enrich their knowledge outside of the classroom and at their own pace all free. Next is a website called Coursera, a list of online college courses from colleges across the world all for free starting at Stanford University, which is a main contributor of the courses.

This format is quite different in that rather than a series of tutorials Coursera is an online resource in which you can move at your own pace. These courses are a slightly more diverse group including Calculus, Economics, the arts, a huge field of Computer Science courses, Law, Engineering, the humanities, Poetry, social sciences, Physics, Biology, Statistics, Music, Film, and so many more. These are not full length courses you can get college credit for, however, as each course lasts roughly 5-10 weeks, but if you do well, in the course you can obtain a certificate of accomplishment.

Keep in mind that these are actual classes with homework, quizzes, and sometimes final exams with new content being added every week. While that certificate of accomplishment sounds like a little league trophy of participation, it is an accolade you can put on college applications and resumes to convey experience in certain fields. For example, if you want to study psychology in college or apply for a job as a psychologist, you could put a certificate of accomplishment in Introduction to Psychology and/or Social Psychology if you got said certificates.

However, if  you chose, you don’t have to take and can just audit a class by enrolling and basically just absorbing information at your leisure. Coursera currently has over 9 million students across the globe. All are enrolled in classes they want to be in and teaching subjects they want to learn. It’s like getting to pick only your favorite classes. These are incredible experiments to see how people react to free higher education learning. Everyone should at least check each out to see how these free resources can help you. Don’t you want to be able to say you took a course from Stanford?

Blog By Ethan Walsh

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