Free Education Through Open Courseware Resources

Untitled-1_620x413_30By Karla Fetrow

It wasn’t that long ago when Universities supported an open campus. While you still had to pay for formal college credit, anyone interested in sitting in on a class and learning the fundamentals of a course, could. The precept was that education was the most liberating force in your life. It helped you make informed decisions. It increased your awareness of the world around you and the options available to you. It deepened your understanding of other cultures, customs and viewpoints. With an education, you acquired the understanding of applied sciences, the language arts and mathematics.

These values haven’t changed, but in recent years, education has been sold as the most guaranteed way to earn an income. In 1940, fewer than forty percent of the US population had completed a high school education, and less than ten percent had a bachelor’s degree or better. By the 1970’s, the situation had changed radically. Seventy percent of students over aged twenty-five had completed their high school education or more. Twenty percent had completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree. By the year 2009, thirty percent of the population had a bachelor’s degree or better.

As more people opt for higher education as a means of improving their income potential, the qualifications for a job capacity become more fierce. Students who took out loans in the hopes of securing a high paying job from their four year investment into University level courses, find themselves straddled with an enormous debt and few resources for paying it off. They feel cheated. There college education, meant to give them a high income, had been for nothing.

Well, it’s not exactly for nothing. Education is still the greatest liberating force , with dynamics that could potentially change the world. It still gives you the tools to utilize applied sciences and technology. It still maximizes your options and helps you learn to recognize opportunities.

Nor does advanced education have to cost you money. Like the open classroom of the 1970’s, you can now access advanced college courses online. Subversify is proud to link to “Open Courseware”, a site that will allow you to access courses and classes from the Internet. This is advantageous if you are pursuing a degree program, if you have no time to take formal classes but still wish to obtain college credit, for research or just your own private pursuit of knowledge.

States Jasmine Parker, who offered the link: “OnlineCourses.com is an open courseware resource. It is one of the top online courses and classes available on the web. We offer free online courses on the web to any devices of the user’s choice. The site is developed to be mobile optimized, allowing users to take courses anywhere. We present free online courses on the web to any devices of the user’s choice. You can explore the courses, create unique programs and track your progress. We feature courses from institutions such as Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.”

You will find the link to the open courseware next to our MicMag link, using this logo.   OC

You do not have to log in to browse the contents. We hope our readers and dedicated, scholarly writers will find this a welcome addition to their research data base. Education opens many doors. It’s up to you to walk through them.

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About karlsie

Some great perversity of nature decided to give me a tune completely out of keeping with the general symphony; possibly from the moment of conception. I learned to read and speak almost simultaneously. The blurred and muffled world I heard through my first five years of random nerve loss deafness suddenly came alive with the clarity of how those words sounded on paper. I had been liberated for communications. I decided there was nothing more wonderful than writing. It was easier to write than carefully modulate my speech for correct pronunciation, and it was easier to read than patiently follow the movements of people’s lips to learn what they were saying. It was during that dawning time period, while I slowly made the connection that there weren’t that many other people who heard the way I did, halfway between sound and music, half in deafness, that I began to understand that the tune I was following wasn’t quite the same as that of my classmates. I was just a little different. General education taught me not only was I just a little isolated from my classmates, my home was just a little isolated from the outside world. I was born in Alaska, making me part of one of the smallest, quietest minorities on earth. I decided I could live with this. What I couldn’t live with was discovering a few years later, in the opening up of the pipeline, which coincided with my first year of junior college, that there were entire communities of people; more than I could possibly imagine; living impossibly one on top of another in vast cities. It wasn’t even the magnitude of this vision that inspired me so much as the visitors who came from these populous regions and seemed to possess a knowledge so great and secretive I could never learn it in any book. I became at once, very conscious of how rural I was and how little I knew beyond the scope of my environment. I decided it was time to travel. The rest is history; or at least, the content of my stories. I traveled... often to college campuses, dropping in and out of school until one fine day by chance I’d fashioned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. I’ve worked a couple of newspapers, had a few poems and stories tossed around in various small presses, never receiving a great deal of money, which I’m assured is the norm for a writer. I spent ten years in Mexico, watching the peso crash. There is some obscure reason why I did this, tightening up my belt and facing hunger, but I believe at the time I said it was for love. Here I am, back home, in my beloved Alaska. I’ve learned somewhat of a worldly viewpoint; at least I like to flatter myself that way. I’ve also learned my rural roots aren’t so bad after all. I work in a small, country store. Every day I greet the same group of local customers, but make no mistake. My store isn’t a scene out of Andy Griffith. The people who enter the establishment, which also includes showers, laundry and movie rentals, are miners, oil workers, truck drivers, construction engineers, dog sled racers and carpenters. Sometimes, on the liquor side, the conversations became adult only in vocabulary. It’s a good thing, on the opposite side of the store is a candy aisle filled with the most astonishing collection, it will keep a kid occupied with just wishing for hours. If you tell your kids they can have just one, you have an instant baby sitter; better than television; as they agonize over their choice while you catch up on the gossip with your neighbor. We also receive a lot of tourists, a lot of foreign visitors. They are usually amazed at this first sign of Alaskan rural life style beyond the insulating hub of the Anchorage bowl. Many of them like to hang around and chat. They gawk at our thieves wanted posters. They laugh at our jokes and camaraderie with our customers. I’ve learned another lesson while working there. You don’t have to go out and find the world. If you wait long enough, it comes to you.

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3 Comments on “Free Education Through Open Courseware Resources”

  1. In Iran, people don’t go to universities for the education. In fact, they couldn’t care less about “knowledge.” No, they all go to get a degree.

    Because an idiot with a degree and no work experience can get a high-paying job in our society, no problem. But the most talented, knowledgeable, hard-working person with no degree has to settle for peon labor at minimum wage.

  2. Sh, there are a lot of people in the US that went solely to Universities to get a higher paying job as well, but the competition has become so fierce, even a four year degree will not guarantee you a good job. The greatest value you can receive from an education is in learning how to apply the knowledge you received from it.

  3. The “unofficial” unemployment rate in Iran is well over 30%, I believe. In rural areas it is probably higher than 40%. And the people who are employed spend their work days doing absolutely nothing. I’m totally serious.

    If you happen to have a high paying job in Iran, there’s a 99% chance that you were hand picked for the position by a boss who is your brother, uncle, father, or otherwise a close friend.

    It is a well known fact over here that nothing gets done in Iran. The Iranian economy is a huge sham, it’s like the legitimate cover-job of a drug dealer, which is actually quite an accurate analogy considering the Iranian elite control the world supply of opium and heroin.

    My estimate is that close to 100% of the Iranian youth of today are college graduates. We’ve got doctors and engineers by the assload. But for some reason, nine out of ten Iranians with a Masters degree in English language can’t speak English at all. And don’t even get me started on computer science majors; a Masters degree in IT from the top institute of technology in Tehran can’t write code half as well as I did when I was 14. I’m willing to bet that a chemical engineer from the best university in Iran won’t be able to extract DMT from plant material. (This is so easy, teenagers are doing it in their parents’ homes.) Suffice to say, the education system in Iran is just a huge embarrassment IMHO. It is absolutely NOT about knowledge, but only about conditioning and behavior modification. It’s about learning to be a moron.

    I’m gonna go ahead and extend this to include every other education system on earth.

    Taking part in the system and hoping that if you work hard enough you’ll get a high-paying job is a such a middle-class fantasy…You show me one successful person, and I’ll show you a million unsuccessful ones.

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