Saturday, January 17, 2015

Free Online Education

The basic materials for almost any educational topic are now free and available from world class universities and many other sources.

  • Washington Post -- Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

    “Steven B. Klinsky’s idea is for students to take foundational courses through the online venture edX that would prepare them for College Board examinations in various subjects. Those who pass enough Advanced Placement or College-Level Examination Program tests conceivably would be able to enter college as sophomores. That would cut the price of a bachelor’s degree by a quarter.”
  • Washington Post -- Obama to unveil proposal for tuition-free community college

    “Obama will unveil the idea Friday in a trip to Knoxville, Tenn. There, he will call attention to an access program enacted last year under Gov. Bill Haslam (R). Using state lottery funds, the Tennessee Promise offers to cover whatever tuition bills at community colleges can’t be paid through other public grants.”

    A curated (hand-selected), open access (free) internet directory of the top 20 websites for each of the education topics.
  • Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

    For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.