Making the most of existing technology is the name of the game. Many people who might want to go to college will never attend for a variety of reasons. Some have time issues, money issues, family challenges, etc. Some will feel overwhelmed or computer challenged.
The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) offers free courses (you only have to sign up) about everyday tools. http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
The First Course they offer is called Everyday Life which has sections on
- Bills and Budgeting
Other courses include Math & Money, Computer Training, Online Classes, Work & Career.
For an individual who would like to enter the online classroom in a slow and easy manner, a classroom like this would be perfect. The price is right (free) and the topics are useful in everyday life. The Computer Training classes walk the students through everyday software applications like Microsoft Excel, Publisher, Word, PowerPoint and Access. Being able to learn these applications and use them without pressure and time constraints makes learning a smooth process.
GCF FreeLearning.org is the first step in getting an education. The end result is the student sets the pace and learns in a stress free environment at no cost. How many students will decide that they do NOT need to have a $75,000 price tag associated with a BA? Many will soon figure out aht a degree would be great to have but they really only need the education. Or the multitudes that will ‘buy’ into the idea of a college education, only to find out the teachers do not know how to use technology as a way to teach. Students who learn for free will still have an education minus the outrageous cost.
Free Education, it’s a concept I really like!