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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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LITTLEST-CORGI 7/18/2013 7:16PM

    Make your own plan. emoticon

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PYRATEGRACE 7/18/2013 4:40PM

    Wow, you have been busy but glad you are ok. Eleni and I were worried about you. I dropped by one day but no answer and couldn't find you phone number (have since found it).

Very impressed about the courses you are taking and so sorry to hear about your brother.

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IDLETYME 7/18/2013 1:45PM

    You did a lot of research. That's what you must to make sure you don't get signed up for something that is worthless. You did a great job - congratulations! emoticon

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REXTINE1 7/18/2013 1:19PM

    There are a ton of free courses on line. I ran across a guy who was "taking" a course at St. Petersburg College, and wanted to do the same, but decided I wanted to take a course in psychology since I didn't know anything about it. They didn't have on offered, so I signed up and got a student ID at the University of Sough Florida (USF). If you're over 60 you can AUDIT any state university course if space is available. You just sign up during the last two days of enrollment and they let you sit in the classroom free.

I thought it would be better to actually take the tests and see how well I did, and driving 50 miles and two hours through city traffic three times a week seemed like a lot of trouble for a free course that was just entertainment. So I dropped out of USF and searched for free courses on line, of which there are a lot.

For those interested, all four of the courses I signed up for are from Coursea, the operation currently with the most courses that include tests and grades. Udacity.com and Saylor.org are two other operations with multiple offerings. The one I completed was taught by Steve Joordens at the University of Toronto. They eventually had 70,000 people sign up, but were down to 12,000 students at the end, which is pretty good for a MOOC.

I was slogging through a free IT course from Harvard, but it is just a series of lectures with no textbook or tests. I did learn how a Hamming code corrects errors, which I never understood before, but a lot of the beginning was stuff I already knew. The psychology is interesting because I learned a lot of things that I never knew before (a lot more than were on the tests) and the tests made me take clear notes and actually learn everything the guy was dishing out. Having a hurdle to cross makes you play closer attention.



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MS.ELENI 7/18/2013 1:02PM

    emoticon Yep

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