Posted by: crudbasher | August 4, 2011

Oxford Gives It Away For Free

Following the path set by MIT, Oxford university has been putting a crap-ton of it’s content online for free. (A crap-ton is a unit of measure for content)

See this is really interesting. In a post I did last year called If You Give It Away For Free, Is It Worth Anything I speculated about what part of a University actually has value. Many industries are having to go through this self analysis. What is it about Universities that people will pay for? More and more it appears that the actual facts and knowledge you get is not the valuable part. In a lot of ways this makes sense. While schools like Oxford no doubt have excellent faculty, it’s the networking connections you make by going there that allows you access to elite strata of society. If you don’t go to the Ivy League though, what’s in it for you? Mostly the credentialling you get.

It’s too bad there aren’t any other ways, such as on the Internet to connect up with other people. We could call it Social Networking. 🙂

I do believe that Universities still do have value. It remains to be seen if they are worth the tuitions they are charging. The students will vote with their feet.

All of this has to do with the changing nature of the labor market, which I will talk about tomorrow.

  • Giving the content away for free

    tags: education highered free content nell

    • Oxford University educational material and news is accessible and free for more people than ever as Oxford University’s presence on iTunes U, YouTube, and other online gateways grows.
    • ast month, Oxford University became one of the first universities in the world to add the free electronic books service ePubs to its iTunes U store. This initiative allows users to download and read books on mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Kindles.
    • All the online content is free to view, but those wanting to go further in their Oxford education have opportunities via Oxford’s Continuing Education department. While Oxford is often associated with its intense, on-site, full-time education for students, it is actually, via Continuing Education, one of the largest providers of mature education in the UK. 15,000 people join one or more of Continuing Education’s courses every year – and participants can now do online courses wherever they are in the world. Continuing Education’s website has recently been revamped.

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