If you still haven't heard of MOOCs, it's time you did. The British authorities made a big fanfare
about these in September, but they have actually been around for sometime. What if you want to go one better than a MOOC and take a regular course? There is some good news for you here too, because many regular institutions of higher learning are online colleges that offer laptops
Research by the American-based Sloan Consortium
has shown a mushrooming number of students taking on-line courses. That is one prediction even Sylvia Browne
could have made, but a more than tenfold increase in as many years has led of necessity to their rethinking how they keep cater for them.
Many are offering heavy discounts on laptops and related necessities - yes, a laptop is now a necessity for many students and will be increasingly so. If you are considering enrolling, you might also check out the My College Laptop
If programmes of this nature are mainly US-oriented, they won't be for long; on-line learning is not only here to stay, it is a global phenomenon, even for those who are not interested in learning either formally or less formally through a MOOC. At one time in order to do serious research you needed access to a major archive like the British Library
, the Library Of Congress
or at the very least a major university library. Now all that is on your desktop and more. Back in the 1990s, the British Library was adding around 5 shelf miles
of material every year. Today, one website - the Internet Archive - is currently boasting 368,000,000,000 pages. Even allowing for duplication, this is staggering. Combine this with the ad hoc University of YouTube
, and all the other archives on your desktop - and there is now no excuse for ignorance. If only!