Saturday, March 28, 2009

Educate Yourself For Free

Lifehacker made a recent post about their "Top 10 Tools for a Free Online Education" and it looks to be full of good suggestions. Two on their list that stand out to me are Google's Code University and Academic Earth.

I've browsed Academic Earth a little bit previously and it looked like it had a huge amount of quality content. Ironically it's level of quality is what has kept me away from it thus far, I know that once I start to sink my teeth into it I won't be able to stop. One more source of procrastination heading into the end of the semester is the last thing I need.

Google Code University I didn't know existed until seeing the Lifehacker posting today. I've used Google Code to a small degree, but just didn't know the University portion existed. I haven't really looked at what's there yet, but I'm interested in finding out. This also falls under the category of potential source of procrastination so, like Academic Earth, I probably won't really get into it for a while yet.

Lifehacker doesn't usually steer me wrong so I definitely plan on giving their eight other suggestions a look at some point as well. Any other suggestions or tips for receiving free education?

Post Script: I do have this in addition to their suggestions. W3Schools is a reference and tutorial covering web development topics. I don't do much html work so when I do I generally like to have a reference handy, and they have delivered.

"You don't need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with the desire to better themselves." -Adam Cooper and Bill Collage

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