Looks interesting, I have signed up for the "Kitchen Chemistry" course and may even have a go at "Getting a Grip on Mathematical Symbolism" if I feel brave enough
Apart from being a chance for the likes of us to do a bit of brain work it could be a good recruiting gimmick! I have not read the whole blurb yet to see if you get brownie points towards a degree course.
Well, sounds like a good way to sift the merely interested from the dedicated! And, swings and roundabouts - if only a small % of adult takers-up on the courses can or do actually go on to do the real thing then they may be getting quality learners. And quality learners may lead to quality graduates, more kudos and better funding.Ninny wrote:Recruiting, up to a point. But the chemistry course I am doing at the moment is pretty intense and very hard work, so whatever their motives I am getting a huge amount out of it. And there's no chance of my signing up to do a course at Duke!
Don't forget that unis have to be commercial enterprises these days and thus have to resort to commercial strategies. Unless there are papers to be moderated these courses can't cost a great deal for individual unis to actually run.
The Philosophy section of our big Free Online Courses collection just went through another update, and it now features 100 courses. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.
Philosophy for Beginners – iTunes – Web Video – Marianne Talbot, Oxford
Critical Reasoning for Beginners - iTunes Video – iTunes Audio – Web Video – Oxford
A Romp through Ethics for Complete Beginners – iTunes Video – Web Video – Oxford
Introduction to Political Philosophy – YouTube – iTunes – Web Video – Steven B. Smith, Yale
The Art of Living – Web Video – Stanford
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps - Multiple Formats– Peter Adamson, King’s College London
There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:
1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?