One Year BA


I spent 2013 immersed in an unusual educational experiment.

Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) were in the news daily that year, and in order to really put those emerging free educational tools to the test, I dedicated all of 2013 to seeing if it was possible to learn the equivalent of what a student would get from being enrolled in a four-year liberal arts degree program in just twelve months using only MOOCs and other forms of free learning. There was a lot of news coverage of the project, and a book I wrote on the topic of MOOCs was published by MIT Press in the Fall of 2014.

You can judge for yourself the success of my Degree of Freedom program by clicking on the image below that will bring you to a portfolio of work I completed, which includes a review of each course I took. You can also read arguments I made both against and for whether my One Year BA was equivalent to a four year residential one, as well as check out other blog entries written during the course of this project on various subjects related to massive online education.

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