Oops, a typo. Of course, I meant "already afoot".

From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:06 AM
Subject: Re: OT: Coursera

Thanks for your observations, Ken. I appreciate.

No, the list will excuse me, while it is busy discussing something as specific as Coursera, I have no such thing in mind. What I'm looking forward to is the prospect of reading online, for free, discourses from learned scholars from renowned centers of learning on a subject of my interest, something that was unthinkable a while back. 

I have seen part of it happening already when I have occasions at Google to share with the list learned articles, book previews etc. by scholars on Eliot, for instance.

No, I do not have in mind any criteria of testing/accreditation/degrees etc. 
I'm interested in certain things because they help enrich me in certain spheres I like. 

Well, the kind of revolution I have in mind is //already foot//. If I need resources on any subject, I go to Google and it takes me to innumerable sites. What I'm bowled over by is the prospect of getting free access to planned courses by experts in their respective fields.  

Etc. etc. ad infinitum!


From: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: OT: Coursera

On 12/3/2012 10:45 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
Education was always open, Ken, but this sort of revolution would be unthinkable
without the role played by Internet as a facilitator.

Sure, CR. This forum would be unthinkable without the Net. In that regard I'm quite the enthusiast and duly appreciative of hearing from our listers so widely scattered by geography but also by interest/career/angle of vision. This is new. The Net brings something new to every endeavor it mediates, and that thing is the Net. But there is always something old wrapped up in the new. The next big thing, I think, may look bigger and more fabulous for our not having a deep appreciation of the last big thing. So I want to know more about the character and effects of the current development before swooning in its very presence, etc...At the moment Coursera is a loose collection of schools offering non-credit courses over the Web. What it may become remains to be seen, something fabulous or the same old same old in a fabulous new coat. Stay tuned.

Ken A