Aftermarket Education: Online Learning
I mentioned how much I appreciate good graphs and illustrations for
conveying information? Yeah, I guess I have... often. The adage about
a picture being worth a thousand words certainly holds true - even if
the thousand words inadvertently describes the artist's crappy attempt
to get his/her message across. This particular graphic presents information
on some of the vast resources of [mostly] free online educational sources
for engineering and related topics. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
was launched in 2008 at the University of Winnipeg and is credited with
birthing the idea (at least for being the first to successfully implement
it). There are, of course even more courses in other areas of interest.
Flight vehicle aerodynamics, astronomy, solar energy, physics, numerical
statistics, even sci-fi and creative writing, all useful in a well rounded
engineering experience, are among the listed types of courses. According
to author Jefferson Mok, about 80% of MOOC participants already hold
a bachelor's degree and only 10% actually complete any given course.
On a related note, I recently posted this headline:
12-Year-Old Kid Learned to Code on Codecademy, Built 5 Apps, and Is
Speaking at SXSW"
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Posted August 19, 2013