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Author Topic: Education - a $100 genuine Master's Degree?  (Read 1098 times)


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Education - a $100 genuine Master's Degree?
« on: June 16, 2012, 05:18:41 PM »
The biggest constraints to getting an education would probably include:
  • access to education - you generally need to go to college.
  • money - to fund it. You either need wealthy parents or access to a huge student debt, which will hang over your head for a large part of your working life.
  • availability of freely disposable time - you might be too busy earning a living or looking after children to be able to get to a college.

How about a real, potential opportunity to overcome those constraints?
Couple of useful links below, and I have lifted a comment out of another thread (which was about learning Python) to help start this thread off.
I would be very interested to read of any DCF members' experiences of using the innovative UDACITY educational effort.

This quote is from @40hz in the thread Re: Book: Learn Python the Hard Way
If you're a rank beginner to Python (and programming) look no further than this free  course offered through Udacity.com.
Intro to Computer Science (cs101)
Building a Search Engine

with Professor David Evans - University of Virginia

Class Summary
In this course you will learn key concepts in computer science and learn how to write your own computer programs in the context of building a web crawler.

What do I need to know?
There is no prior programming knowledge needed for this course. Beginners welcome!

What will I learn?
At the end of this course you will have a rock solid foundation for programming in Python and built a working web crawler. This course will prepare you to take many of Udacity's more advanced courses.
Really quite a step up from many free 'university level' online courses in that they offer an interactive web-based programming environment (no need to install Python so you can use any PC when you want to work on the course); graded exams, live people to ask questions of - and a certificate when you successfully complete the course.
Some other good courses available there as well. Check it out. 8)
« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 05:33:38 PM by IainB »


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Re: Education - a $100 genuine Master's Degree?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 10:19:55 PM »
I Programmer's "midterm report" on that project is that it's showing the nitpicks of an Alpha creation but that it's a neat experience.