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Education in the Future

In the early days of human history, education was the process of passing on knowledge from one individual to another in an informal and usually ad hoc arrangement. Then we learned to document knowledge and it became possible to distribute the learning of knowledge and formalize the process into the teacher and school paradigm. Over […]

Quality Education for Free

If you have not yet taken a look at Khan Academy, you should. KHANACADEMY – [khanacademy.org] Founded by Salman Kahn in 2006, the academy is non-profit educational resource that uses youtube videos as a primary teaching/learning tool. The videos come in a short enough format to keep attention focused, usually in a range from 6-12 […]

A Bootstrap Operation for Education

Bootstraps are loops at the top of boots that can be used to aid in pulling the boot over the foot. The popular but not logical phrase, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” led to the use of the term “bootstrap” to represent self starting processes. The most common usage in this way, refers to […]

Education Needed For Living in Space

We tend to take for granted that anybody can leave Earth and go into space and that is generally true. But it’s also true that most people who have actually done this are highly educated. The first astronauts were mostly highly trained military test pilots. This means they had college degrees, military officer training, and […]

MIT OCW Scholar courses

MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers free online MIT courses complete with lecture notes, exams and videos. There is no registration required and there are no fees involved, but they do offer suggestions for course textbooks, which are often fairly expensive (standard for college level courses). MIT says that “virtually all MIT course content” is included in […]

Online Course on NanoElectronics

Purdue University is offering a new two part course on NanoElectronics starting in January. Each part will last five weeks and costs a $30 registration fee. You can either simply audit the class and not take the tests, or you can take the tests and by passing, earn a completion certificate. If you pass the […]

AI course from Stanford – online, free

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – [ai-class.com] A bold experiment in distributed education, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. The course will include feedback on progress and a statement of accomplishment. Taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, the curriculum draws from that used […]