The National Center for Education Statistics estimates the average cost for a year of education at a private 4-year institution to be around $33,000, and 400% of what it cost in 1980. While Peter Thiel believes a traditional college education to be a bad investment, knowledge itself remains priceless. Fortunately, for those unable to afford tuition costs or unwilling to incur the debt, high-level online education has been freely accessible for awhile – and it’s still a growing phenomenon. A variety of top universities and organizations offer courses and materials via the web for no charge. edX, a non-profit initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT “offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities.”
Google has shared a Guide to Technical Development, which includes “recommendations for academic learnings” deemed necessary for working at Google. But, app developers aGupieWare have compiled a well-researched curriculum of free online courses available through top institutions like Harvard, MIT and others to create the equivalent of a complete undergraduate education in computer science.
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