Permaculture news article – Free Massive Online Education

Several months back I wrote an article that was featured on Permaculture News – check it out.

It had to do with available online courses from sites like coursera.org and edx.org.  I love these sites and use them frequently.  Here’s a video that I uploaded for a class project in Leaders of Learning through HarvardX.

Lately, more and more sites are coming out with free resources for online learning.

I fell in love with free and open online learning first with khanacademy.org.  Khan Academy, with its extremely likeable founder Sal Khan, came to my attention in 2012.  Since then I have been transfixed by brushing up on my remedial math, watching art history videos and generally enjoying videos about learning new things.

More recently, now that I am a legal temporary resident of Colombia, I have been trying out their national education program, which has begun to add great content, although its free, its not quite as open.  While time limits make things a little tougher, great courses like Agroecología y Desarrollo Rural are what, I think, will make Colombia move forward competetively into the 21st century.

Another young upstart is freecodecamp.com.  They use education as a great excuse to help make websites for worthy non-profits, and I have been (lightly, but every push helps!) helping with the spanish translation project so that we can eventually get this platform into local highschools here in Colombia.

The future is bright, and education is the key.  We are blessed to live in an age where education can unlock a lot of what we feel is missing in our society, but it will take many of us, working very hard, to change the world in a meaningful way.

Leave me a comment letting me know what online educational platforms you like, and for what reasons!