Free MBA courses from Wharton

demifloyd(8)September 17, 2013

To those complaining about the high cost of education, here's a freebie!

Free MBA courses

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esh_ga

"complaining about"? That makes it sound like it's not valid to comment on the high cost of education these days, that people are just whiners for nothing ....

But thanks for the tip. I'll pass it around to the young folks in the family.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 12:49PM
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demifloyd(8)

That's not what I said, esh.

I'm looking into it for myself.

A little more knowledge is a good thing.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 12:59PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

You didn't say "complaining about the high cost of education"?

I could have sworn I saw those words in the OP. Did someone remove them?

Kate

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:02PM
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demifloyd(8)

Yea I said complaining.
That's in black and white.

I did NOT SAY, "it's not valid to comment on the high cost of education these days, that people are just whiners for nothing .... "

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:05PM
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duluthinbloomz4

FTA "Wharton has no plans to accept the certificates for course credit should students subsequently enroll at Wharton..."

But 700,000 current enrollees at $49.00 a pop for the completed course certificate is a lot of bucks for Wharton. 700,000 x $49 = $34,300,000. If this is a bona fide bargain for students remains to be seen.

But yes, knowledge is a good thing. So is knowing many will be caught up in the high cost of education once the heady days of Wharton Online are over.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:21PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

Free college education is available and many are taking advantage of the offer.

Coursera. It's very successful.

To date, there are 4,775,841 Courserians.

And, they have 16 high paying job openings. If you qualify.

Here is a link that might be useful: 444 courses, 87 partners

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:43PM
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jlhug

Duluth, if you continue to read that paragraph, students who take the free courses can use the knowledge to test out of required courses. In my experience, testing out is significantly less expensive than paying for a 3 or 4 hour college course.

I view it as a win for students.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 2:20PM
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duluthinbloomz4

I slid right past that, jl. I do know there's value in testing out.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 2:32PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

Yup. My daughter tested out of many courses required for MN. Of course you have to pass, or pay out.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 2:36PM
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jlhug

Brush, none of the courses I looked at offer college credit. There are some interesting topics from game playing to quantum physics.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 2:36PM
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silversword(9A)

Check out Khan Academy, my DD does it for her school.

Here is a link that might be useful: Khan Academy

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 2:42PM
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david52_gw

Khan Academy is one of those resources that really makes a difference.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 4:45PM
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althea_gw

I took an EdX course this summer. I got a certificate of completion free.

Here is a link that might be useful: edx

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 8:25PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

David, thank you for the link to the Khan Academy. I've just spent 45 minutes viewing architecture, prehistoric, and Egyptian art. Bookmarked, and I'll be at the site a lot.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:18PM
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esh_ga

Wow, both EdX and Khan look like great ways to learn more, even if it is just for personal fun.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:54PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I used Khan Academy to supplement my math tutoring of the teenager across the street. Sal Khan has an ability to explain complex concepts -- including calculus -- in terms that almost anyone can understand. If you look at the comments for some of the segments on his site, they say things like: "I never understood how this worked despite three years of algebra, and you explained it all in 15 minutes." Khan is a guy with 3 degrees from MIT and a Harvard MBA who quit a job as a hedge fund manager to launch this free learning site. You've got to admire him.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:00PM
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demifloyd(8)

Thanks so much for the KHAN ACADEMY link!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:12PM
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demifloyd(8)

A little more research on Khan learning, a not so fast from the Washington Post:

Washington post looks at Khan Academy

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:22PM
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epiphyticlvr

Thanks Silver for the link to Khan and Althea for edx. I just perused the art history section pf Khan and will go back to explore more and other subjects. I will take a look at EdX tomorrow too.

This post was edited by epiphyticlvr on Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 0:15

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 12:10AM
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lionheart_gw

I love Khan Academy. Sometimes I go there to brush up on things I've long forgotten, like solving quadratic equations.

Highly recommend.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 7:31AM
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chase_gw

Great site.

I saw Khan interviewed on 60 minutes and was impressed by him. Many schools are using his site in their classrooms to assist the teacher and allow her/him to concentrate on kids having trouble grasping the concepts.

My husband is a maths and science geek ( Masters in Physics) and he loves to go there to see how some of the concepts are presented. He has been quite impressed with the down to earth approach Khan takes.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 7:46AM
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demifloyd(8)

Wow.

Commonality.

My husband held a Masters in Physics.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:16AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

demifloyd-
Thanks for the link to the Washington Post article. I read it, but I think the writer is making something out of nothing, and her arguments are thin and dubious.

I'm an engineer who took advanced math all the way through graduate school. Her criticism of how he describes slope is trivial: he's presenting it in a way that makes sense to people and isn't wrong. She seems to be annoyed that Khan Academy has become a phenomenon, even though Sal Khan didn't go seeking this notoriety. Bill Gates thinks it's great, so that's a problem? And low quality visuals? Yes, he does hand drawing on a color computer screen while he explains stuff and it's very effective. People don't need the latest video game graphics if they are watching something that makes math clear to them for the first time.

She also says: "Because the truth is that thereâÂÂs nothing revolutionary about Khan Academy at all. In fact, KhanâÂÂs style of instruction is identical to what students have seen for generations." Maybe she thinks that, but it doesn't explain why his presentations help people understand concepts that their regular teachers have failed to deliver effectively. I'm going to speculate that the writer may have a bit of subconscious professional jealousy that Khan Academy is stealing thunder from her day job of "rewriting the middle school math curriculum."

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 1:02PM
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silversword(9A)

WAHOOOOO!!!! I've finally made it, I was mistaken for David :) I'm honored.

From WA Post:

"Instead, theyâÂÂll be solved by teachers who understand their content; who understand how children learn; who walk into the classroom every day and think, âÂÂI know exactly what IâÂÂm going to say, because thatâÂÂs what teaching means.âÂÂ

I took issue with her statements that being a good teacher means knowing always exactly what one is going to say. I couldn't disagree more. Some of my most effective learning and teaching moments have been improv., especially as a parent.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 1:15PM
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demifloyd(8)

kudzu--I realized some of that, just wanted to bring attention to the fact that some discrepancies were found and that there was some criticism.

I watched the introduction and intend to avail myself of some of the lessons to refresh some skills.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 1:23PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

demifloyd-
I think it was an interesting read that added to this discussion...I just wasn't persuaded.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 1:25PM
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chase_gw

Yes it would appear that our husbands indeed had something in common.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 1:35PM
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