Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 21st Dec 2011 00:39 UTC
Editorial M.I.T. has just announced it is expanding its list of free online courses anyone can take. Attendees earn completion certificates. M.I.T.'s OpenCourseWare project already offers 2,100 courses used by 100 million people. OpenCulture, Free Ed, E-learning Center, and Alison offer competing free online courses, including many on computing and IT certification.
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by transputer_guy on Wed 21st Dec 2011 15:02 UTC
transputer_guy
Member since:
2005-07-08

I've already tired of the computing scene, I would like to get some deeper education in nuclear physics just for the sake of learning.

Anyone know what the price of the credential is going to be?

Richard DeMillo says he'd take a certificate as a qualification for a job in industry, that's nice, I wonder how many other would.

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RE: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Wed 21st Dec 2011 18:05 in reply to "certificates"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

You are really going to need a degree in Physics and a 1st at that.

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RE[2]: certificates
by transputer_guy on Wed 21st Dec 2011 18:47 in reply to "RE: certificates"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

It is just for the interest, not for any possible career so if I can't reach the sky, no big deal. Been interested in atoms and the universe since I was a kid but microchip tech got to me.

As it happens a quick dip into the test questions showed that the Thorium cycle is now covered, but I hadn't a clue about the binding energy equations, still interesting though.

If my kids can't get into a decent college later on for lack of scholarships, this might be a good away to get some credit for whatever they find an interest in. Perhaps these credits can be turned into a fast track regular degree.

I wish I could have done the same 30 years ago in hindsight (except the web and PCs didn't exist), the college experience is somewhat over rated.

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