What my free online education taught me

Matt Zalaznick's picture
Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's almost June. Time for dads and grads, and enumerating the living from the dead in the collapsing U.S. market for higher education.

Because if my month of learning collegiate-level data science via Coursera -- a Mountain View Calif., provider no-cost online courses -- is any indication, it's time for parents, educators, employers, students and investors (not to mention college real estate speculators) to learn how ugly it's going to get for institutions charging a lot to learn a lot.

Investors are already familiar with the course syllabus: Just like in the music, financial services and corporate IT sectors, it's absolutely, positively possible to get high-quality, first-rate content (in this case, a job-fetching college education) for nothing.

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