Thanks to one of my brilliant physics major friends from Mercer University, I just learned about a coursera.org, a website where anyone can take college courses for free. The course offering is not huge yet, but they are working on it. And they already have a few that could keep me busy for awhile (hello, Statistics 1 and Machine Learning!). The courses they offer are split into the following categories:
- humanities and social sciences
- mathematics and statistics
- society, networks and information
- healthcare, medicine and biology
- economics, finance and business
- computer science
I have heard it said that the invention of the printing press sparked the industrial revolution by allowing information to flow more freely. If that is true, then we can expect huge things to come from this new era of free, nearly instant access to information. Here's lookin' at you, Wikipedia!