I un-enrolled from a free e-course on sustainability this morning. I did it mainly because I’m going to England this Friday for a two-week permaculture design course, and I realized that I can’t juggle both. While I’m kind of sad to not finish what I started, I’ll get over it. I’ll take another one when the timing is better.
I really liked the course material and the video lectures, and I learned a lot just from those first two weeks of material. I am grateful to Jonathan Tomkin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to give this course for free. People who would not otherwise have access to this material now just need a computer and a few computer skills to learn the latest ideas around sustainability and perhaps be a part of the solution.
Free, online education is such an exciting concept because it shatters barriers and reaches the knowledge seeker so quickly. What an exciting new time to be a student of the world. What an exciting time to be in technology!
Coursera is a university partnership site that hosts free courses through 16 universities. Connexions is “a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.”