Education is free!

After paying S$5000+ per year for 4 year of studies in NUS, it’s hard to believe that really great education can be free! Not to say that the education in NUS was bad, but it could have been better.

But the important point is that it is free! Free as in gratis free. But still free is good, and I like free. :D

It seems that lots of lecturers are joining the web2.0 bandwagon, with podcasts! I had heard of of a few universities podcasting some of their courses, but I did not expect so many! I found this on digg.

There are 134 free podcasts and more from various US and UK universities, inlcuding some of the top universities.

Not only podcasts, I also found the open courseware project from MIT!

They have courseware for all sorts of courses from, some really interesting ones, like

Coding Theory

Acoustics of Speech and Hearing

Music Perception and Cognition

Neural Coding and Perception of Sound

I have been following a few podcasts, for the last week, and it’s a great experience.

I am glad, that I can continue learning about really fun stuff even after I finished my 4 years at NUS. Of course it is not the same as attending the lecture, but you do get to grasp a lot of basic concepts and look at things from various perspectives.

This is something which I’d say is missing from NUS. NUS tends to narrow your perspective about the various fields of studies, since they have so many restrictions. :(

Learning is always fun, and if it’s free (in both senses of free), it’s better.


5 comments so far

  1. Gwen on

    But part of the learning process is the debate amongst your peers and profs as well. So while having the content (podcasts, lects) published online is good, I feel that if you can supplement it with discourse, that would be where another, and arguably so, enriched form of learning takes place.

  2. NTT on

    I totally agree. I don’t see it as an alternative to university education, but more of as a supplement to it. For me, it gives a chance to continue learning even after finishing university.

    As for the “learning process” and “the debate amongst your peers and profs”, I did not see any of that in NUS. Must be my faculty.. :(

  3. sweska on

    haiz…. i wish there was more interaction and debates in our faculty…. sigh… maybe then i would have made more friends and more friends in profs

    and then would be able to hold on to some precious memories for years to come…. alas that will never happen. :(

  4. NTT on

    Aiyah.. sweksa, dun blame the faculty for you not making enuff friends in sch lah.. and then there is always marc ;)

    But actually its true, lectures with informal debates and discussions tend to have a lot more ‘learnable’ content than just plain old lectures. Oh! how I miss my time at DTU…

  5. Morson on

    Education is like a fire if you are educated you can fire all where .

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