Parenting: College of the future - online and free
August 6, 2012 (WPVI) -- Anyone who has children and hopes to one day see them go to college, frets over the rising costs of higher education.
Tuition goes up every year and so you save even more each year (hopefully). Those additional savings, even compounded over time, still seem to equal NOT ENOUGH.
If this is your problem, perhaps Udacity is for you. Udacity is an online school of higher education and its tuition rhymes with "hero."
That's right, taking classes with Udacity costs you zero. It is free. One of its founders, German entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, helps make this possible by using some of his personal fortune.
The problem with Udacity is you don't get a standard college diploma when you complete its coursework and not all majors and fields of study are represented.
Udacity's founders are working to convince tech companies to recognize its accreditation, and some are doing so. In fact, Udacity says some companies are actually recruiting from its users.
What does Udacity offer? Here are some course titles: "Build a Search Engine," "Landmarks in Physics," "Programming a Robotic Car," and "Science of Secrets." Clearly, Udacity is not a typical college education experience that offers Math 101, a chance to join a fraternity, and a meal plan.
This blog is of course is not an endorsement of Udacity (I personally do not have any connections to the organization, I merely found out about it by reading another blog). However as a parent who hopes to see his children attain a college degree one day, it is encouraging to see people thinking outside the box.
Plus the potential of one day receiving a degree online and on the house? I'm almost giddy.
Learn more at www.udacity.com
matt o'donnell parenting reports, parenting, matt o'donnell
- London theater partially collapses; 80 injured 30 min ago
- Record Weekend Warmth
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- 2013 Troop Greetings
- Security breach affected all cards, not just Target's 17 min ago
- Steps you can take to reduce fraud risk 19 min ago
- Attempted child luring in Newtown, Bucks County 6 min ago
- Holiday tips, cards stolen in East Pikeland Twp. 58 min ago
- Pastor defrocked after performing son's gay wedding
- Cat hoarder at Grace Kelly home found guilty
- 50 coworkers in Del. to split $1M Mega Millions ticket
- Video captures Laundromat robbery 21 min ago
- Teacher admits to sex with 4 students
- Bring old clothes to new H&M for savings 50 min ago
- Uwchlan Twp. man arrested following...
28 min ago
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos