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Open Your Mind to Educational Opportunities: From Free Courses to Online Schools

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A study from the National Academy of Sciences suggests that life expectancy is boosted when people keep their minds active. When retired people become complacent, their health deteriorates much more quickly.


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Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:37 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 8:34 am
I have seen employment ads that state online courses & diplomas are not acceptable. So unless you want to learn something just for pleasure I feel as if you are gambling with online education.

Suzanne L (89)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 9:31 pm
I plan to take courses after retirement. There are some sites like Udacity which offer excellent courses. While they are free they do not provide certificates. What they do provide is better teaching than most certificate courses online so you can afterwards breeze thru' a certificate course. I don't need anymore certification but I'm just interested in keeping my mind active and learning new things.

Arthur Riding (32)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 12:24 am
When I retired a few years ago, I thought that, like many of my friends, what I should do was to take an online univ. course. I choose a B.Sc. course which I thought would be interesting, as indeed it was, but I soon found that the time requirements were just too much for me as there were so many, literally hundreds, of other things I also wanted to do. After all, retirement is the best time of one's life and one can finally get to do all the things I had been wanting to do for many years. Costs were also high, especially for all the books that one had to buy and for exam fees etc., so I gave up.
Earlier this year though I found which is an umbrella organisation for many universities around the world to provide access to their shorter courses, many for free. One still needs to get a textbook but the cost is far less than the dozens required for a full-time university course. Also, being just one part of a full degree course, the time commitments are far less and easier to manage. I choose a free 12 week course from Princeton University on the history of globalisation which is proving fascinating - as well as popular, I think around 100,000 people signed up for the course. I don't get a certificate as although there are optional assignments, there is no formal marking (imagine the poor Professor marking 100,000 essays per week!) so it is just for interest but I think it is a brilliant concept and hopefully we will see even more choice in times to come.
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