Degree of Freedom in the News





In the Age of Information, Specializing to Survive

(New York Times, March 20, 2014)

Mr. Haber’s [Degree of Freedom] project embodies a modern miracle: the ease with which anyone can learn almost anything.

A History of MOOCs, Open Online Courses

(New York Times, October 30, 2014)

The slim paperback is a primer on the phenomenon as well as a chronicle of his own experience fast-tracking the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.



While Hype Has Fizzled, Colleges Consider Giving Credit for Open Online Courses

(WGBH Radio, July 7, 2014)

Over the course of a year, Jonathan Haber took 34 free online courses. His goal was to earn the equivalent of a B.A. in Philosophy. For the father of two sons, it was an existential experience.


Can you MOOC Your Way Through College in One Year?

(Globe Ideas Section, April 13, 2013)

how completely can online courses reproduce the college experience? Lexington writer and entrepreneur Jonathan Haber wanted to find out.


What Professors Can Learn From “Hard Core” MOOC Students

(Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2013)

Opinions are mixed on the biggest question: Are MOOC students learning as much as they would in traditional courses?

At least one hard-core learner is focused on that question. The student is Jonathan Haber, a 51-year-old who has taken a year off from his job in publishing to try to get an entire four years’ worth of college from MOOCs and other free online materials. He is blogging about his experience along the way.


An Early Card on Massive Open Online Courses

(Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2013 – paywall)

Software entrepreneur Jonathan Haber has an undergraduate degree, but decided to dedicate a year to determining if MOOCs can provide the equivalent of a traditional liberal-arts degree.


Online Classes Might Force Changes at Universities

(Voice of America, May 30, 2013)

Instead of the professor lecturing to students, who then do research, study, and homework alone, many online classes flip that around, according to student and blogger Jonathan Haber, who said he is taking enough online classes to earn a four-year college degree in just one year.


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Meet the Man Who Finished Four Years of College in One — For Free

(BostInno, March 28, 2014)

Someday, anyone with an Internet connection could be walking away with the equivalent of a college degree. As Haber has proved, it can be done.


The New College Try: A Q&A With Degree of Freedom’s Jonathan Haber

(MOOC News and Reviews, July 17, 2013)

This is Robert McGuire from MOOC News and Reviews. Today I’m talking with Jonathan Haber who is the man behind the Degree of Freedom project.