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Principal Dancer/Composer/Designer, Hamburg Ballet

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Schools on line for free!!!

Cameras in the Universities...live on line... everyone can study anything if they like;)))) From any country they are;)

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  • Oct 16 2011: The idea is good, but implementation might be harder than you think. The basic infrastructure necessary for this idea to work doesn't exist in most poverty stricken countries. In developing countries that do have the infrastructure, it becomes an issue of a lack of availability of the infrastructure to everyone. The problem with trying to give free online education to people riddled with poverty is that they have no way of accessing it.

    That being said, I do believe the concept of e-learning is really simple. Lecturers and professors film their lectures and post them online on a student portal for the students to download. This could be supplemented with a live camera feed for Q&A with the lecturers. Tests and quizzes pose a slight problem because of dishonesty when taking a test at home in front of your computer. Assignments are posted online for students to download and then an upload facility can be used for submission. Most universities already employ this exact system as a free service to students in the form of a student portal.

    Another potential problem is the funding. If the university is a global offering, then where will funding come from? State and community colleges are government subsidised, but if the online university were to be global which government would subsidise it? How would the equipment, facilities and servers to host everything be paid for? Who would pay the lecturers?
    • Oct 22 2011: > Tests and quizzes pose a slight problem ...

      Yes, they do, but for other reasons.

      People should accept that we have to learn for life and not only for a piece of paper (degree).
      Going to school and university makes people to experts in selecting the facts they need to pass
      their exams and finally get a degree, but many lack the understanding to structure new information
      or put it into context, because lessons and lectures are more and more often focussed on preparing
      for a particular exam (good statistics to sell the course!!!) than on creating a real understanding ...
      Education has become a business and teaching how to learn & think would create students/citizens
      that are self sufficient learners and not potential customers for another course. Politicians in general
      are also not interested in an aware / curious population that might start asking questions...

      Another problem is the raidly growing amount of knowledge in nearly all areas
      but for budget reasons the lectures have to do more and more administrative tasks etc. ...

      another free online provider: http://alison.com

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