So I’m a little bit of a nerd and actually miss learning interesting new things in classes. What I don’t miss is having to be there all the time, homework, papers, and tests. While I’m not entirely sure how it works, I am very, very, very excited to have found the OpenCourseWare Consortium through this article on Boston.com.
From what I can gather, professors at registered institutions around the world post their class syllabi, readings, and even some course lectures (in audio and video format) online for the world to see. For free. I’m in love. You can browse by topic, department, or college/university and from what I can tell already, you’re bound to find something you find interesting. With colleges like Notre Dame, MIT, Paris Tech, and the Mathematical Insitute at Oxford University, you know you’re getting top-rate direction.
What confuses me is that the syllabi and grading rubrics are posted, but I was under the impression that it was a self-guided sort of effort. Must research more.
All I know is that the Philosophy of Death; German I; the Linguistics of Bilingualism; and Crime, Insanity, and Heredity in American History are all calling my name.