Courses are free, our time isn’t

Now MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a buzz word. There are many courses (most of them are free) from different providers. You can learn from people who have profound knowledge of the subject. You can pause them. You can replay them. And all is for free.

Most common situation arise for everyone is, we enrol for many courses and end up finishing none or very few. Why this happens? For each course considerable amount of hours per week are necessary, but while enrolling we make wrong calculations on the amount of free time we have. While calculating free time we include (sacrifice) whatever free time we have. But when actually courses begin we realize the reality. We understand switching between tasks isn’t easy and it is affecting overall productivity [ref: multitasking affects your productivity]. We feel restless, We procrastinate    (tomorrow I will finish for sure) and finally we regret once the course finishes.

When we find a course that matches our interest we enrol without any second thought. Interest is good, but anxiety is bad. Instead of enrolling to 20 courses a year and finishing only 4 (just for the sake of finishing), it’s better to enrol for 10 and finishing all 10 courses, (with knowledge of it) also it improves confidence. Aim big, but start small.

Course are free but our time isn’t, so let’s utilize it carefully. Happy Learning.

PS: At first I used to enrol for 5-6 courses at a time and couldn’t able to manage time. Later I learned how to study in MOOCs, then I started enrolling to fewer courses and I am able to finish them.

Thanks for reading

Goutham

Learn to Code Online

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

-Benjamin Franklin

I wrote an article on Free Education(online)[link] over a year ago. There are many new MOOCs started these days. Especially for coding, there are many. For many years(even today*) for learning web development and other related technologies we have been using W3Schools. In W3Schools it is limited to only HTML, CSS and JavaScript to try instantly(Learn By Doing). For other technologies there is only static tutorial. Things have changed now. You can “learn by doing” most of the technologies for free and for learning advanced stuff you have to shell out some dollars.

 * – For quick references.

I am limiting the list to websites that offer courses on coding. For list of websites that offer courses on various subjects check this article[link].

Free Education

Things obtained free are seldom valued. This may be true in all cases but not in the case of education. Free education is of high value (I feel).

You can learn from people who have profound knowledge of the subject. You can pause them. You can replay them. And all is for free.

Harvard and MIT teamed up to offer free online courses, this is the news everywhere. But the concept itself is not a new one but it was under another name: OpenCourseWare- OCW

OpenCourseWare: course materials created by universities and
shared freely with the world via the internet. (Reference: Wikipedia)

OCW links:
http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/ – carnegie mellon university
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm – MIT
http://webcast.berkeley.edu/ – Berkeley
http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/ – IIT

For more ocw links:
http://www.jimmyr.com/blog/1_Top_10_Universities_With_Free_
Courses_Online.php
http://freevideolectures.com/

I don’t know whether this can be called ocw, but courses taught at
harvard are online:
cs50.tv

OCW has videos, class notes, slides, assignments etc. but lacks
interactivity.

Now new form of education has emerged called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course)
In udacity, lectures are short, there are quizzes, homeworks and end term exam too. After completing the course you will receive a certificate.

http://www.udacity.com/
https://www.coursera.org/ (courses on various subjects)
http://ed.ted.com/
http://www.edxonline.org/ (mit and harvard partnership)
http://www.khanacademy.org/
http://www.mooc-list.com (MOOC aggregator)
Best Computer Science Degrees  [Ref]
List of over 40 educational websites
Information is flowing in abundant. The only limitation is time and passion. So start today.

Thanks for reading

Goutham

References:

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3381147.ece