ktliem@YVR
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University Education For Free! No Joke

Sat Oct 19, 2002 3:46 pm

For some of you this may be old news, but most will be pleasantly surprised to learn that MIT, one of the most prestigious US universities, has started posting some its course syllabi online. All this knowledge is available for free! Also included are a calendar, lecture notes in pdf format, a free online textbook, assignments and exams.

One of courses that may be of interest to this forum is "Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods" http://ocw.mit.edu/6/6.281j/f01/index.html. I haven't to look at the course site in detail, but found at least one feature that interests me. It's an animated Airline Yield Management simulation program http://web.mit.edu/urban_or_book/www/animated-eg/ym/ testing the visitor's understanding of revenue management concepts and ideas.

MIT Open Courseware is without a doubt one of the best bargains on the Web! Similar courses from for-profit Online Universities will cost hundreds of $$, if not more... Wow!
 
SailorOrion
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RE: University Education For Free! No Joke

Sat Oct 19, 2002 3:50 pm

University education in Germany is free ....

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Lufthansa747
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Sat Oct 19, 2002 9:02 pm

And so is it in Finland...
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BlatantEcho
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Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:03 am

and I'm paying $25,000+ grand a year for uni in the great northwest...........hum

something doesn't add up here  Smile

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desertjets
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Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:59 am

Really surprised that it isn't password protected. Usually a stipulation of putting stuff online is password protection for copywrite purposes.

You can follow along with the class, do the readings, but you still don't get any credit for it. So it ain't free by any measure.
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Sabena332
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Sun Oct 20, 2002 2:04 am

and I'm paying $25,000+ grand a year for uni in the great northwest

 Wow!

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tu144d
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RE: University Education For Free! No Joke

Mon Oct 21, 2002 11:55 am

Nice...but I'm also paying $25,000 (out of state) tuition at the Univ. of Illinois to study Aerospace Engineering. Most of our class notes are password protected and the lecture notes that we have to buy are usually ridiculously expensive but hey...can't complain. GO ILLINI!!!!

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SK A340
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 2:10 am


All education (including university) is "free" in Sweden. But if you have the taxes we have, it should be...

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prebennorholm
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 2:50 am

When you study at a uni (or take any other similar education), then you receive "SU" or Statens Uddannelsesstoette (State Education Support). Not much, some $3-4000/year when you are supported (live with) your parents, somewhat more when not.

You may supplement with cheap interest state guaranteed loans from banks and/or summer holiday/week-end jobs and make a decent living out of it.

Old well off (mostly retired) people pay a symbolic amount when they take certain education for the fun of it.

That's how money is involved with education in my country Denmark.

Password protected web education, never heard of it until today.

Denmark is scarce on natural resources. If fact we have only one natural resource which can contribute significantly to our economy - the brains of young people.
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flight152
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 5:02 am

and I'm paying $25,000+ grand a year for uni in the great northwest...........

Wow, your paying $25,000 grand ($25,000,000) a year? whoa.
Either that or your college math hasn't done a whole lot!
 
tbar220
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 5:36 am

Honestly, this is no big surprise. You're not getting college credit for these courses just by learning the material yourself online. Here are just some examples of the University of Illinois' online resources for different courses.

http://wug.physics.uiuc.edu/courses/phys112/fall02/index.html

http://www.ews.uiuc.edu/~cs101/index2.html

http://active.chem.uiuc.edu/WWW/Courses/Chem109/fall/


You can find this kind of stuff for most modern universities nowadays.
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tbar220
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 5:37 am

Tu144d,

Are you a AAE major at UIUC? Same here! We should meet up some time. Drop me an email. I'm finding more and more people from UIUC here on a.net.
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MD-90
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 3:29 pm

I'm in Aerospace Engineering at Mississippi State and I'm paying $2000/year for tuition (for band and ACT score that's a half scholarship, full in-state tuition is $3874/year). It's a good value for an excellent AAE program.

Out of state would add $4906/year, but mine's waived for ACT (although if I couldn't keep a 3.0 and lost it, I could also have it automatically waived for being in the band).

Does Illinois focus more on space or aeronautics? Here at MSU it's all about flight, with little space. I figure I'll get a Master's somewhere that has a program geared towards astronautical engineering, rather than aero, since space is my main interest.
 
tbar220
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 4:33 pm

Here at U of I, you get to choose which of the two tracks you want to follow, both being equally resourceful here.
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Superfly
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Tue Oct 22, 2002 5:15 pm

Can I go to Sierra Flight Academy for free?
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mika
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Wed Oct 23, 2002 7:20 am

All education (including university) is "free" in Sweden. But if you have the taxes we have, it should be...


You certainly got that right.
 
MD-90
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Wed Oct 23, 2002 10:56 am

Ah, that's good.

Although Ms. Lance, the band director of MSU's Famous Maroon Band, told me when I tried out for the band that she had one aero engineer in the band that used to complain about the lack of space in the program, but then he went to U. of Colorado or someplace like that for his Masters. He came back and told her that the MSU program actually prepares you to get a job, not just to go on and get a Masters (like a UC or wherever it was), so that's good.

Plus, we have the 12th largest co-op program in the nation, and I plan on co-oping for NASA.
 
ILOVEA340
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Thu Oct 24, 2002 2:33 pm

I am looking at Northwestern university in Boston... Tuition is 23K once you add all expenses your total is about $34,000 (US dollars) per year. Its crazy
 
Marco
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RE: University Education For Free! No Joke

Thu Oct 24, 2002 9:01 pm

Education in Canada is practically free....you just pay a small amount compared to international students. Even the international fees are cheap compared to US universities!

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