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by merlyn (Sage)
on May 17, 2001 at 19:40 UTC ( #81279=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: I've had my current job for
in thread I've had my current job for

Merlyn if you ever offer a class via the web let me know.
I've heard this question a lot. But I'm never sure what it means.

Does it mean "if you ever put up your course materials on the web for free, let me know", because that's not likely to happen without a good business case. And I've already got 120 magazine columns for free on the web. Have you seen those? And the courseware is already available in a low-cost form, called "The Llama Book".

If it means "if you ever conduct a class on the web, let me know" then very likely it'll cost the same as the open-enrollment courses we offer in Portland and elsewhere, because the benefit will be the same. Except I'm unlikely to do that, because I'd have to reinvest another $75K or so to develop and rewrite my materials for web delivery, and yet the return would not be there.

So, what do you mean? What are you really asking for?

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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Re: classes on the web
by LeGo (Chaplain) on May 17, 2001 at 21:56 UTC
    I am not speaking for everyone here or that has asked you about this.

    What I was referring to was something like what NCSU (North Carolina State University) does. So the college has classes. You can take intro to C++ (CSC 114). You can go to class or take the online version. Basically the online version allows you to take the course and get credit for it via the web. You get your assignments via the web and submit your hw via the web. The only thing you have to show up for physically are the test (2) and the final.

    The reason I said this comment was becuase it is easy to take a class in another state via the web. Our school has lots of people that do that. The only problem is the lack of courses offered this way. It is hard for me to go to a conference in San Diego or to do a cruise but a course via the web is easier/cheapier (in some instances). College courses are ussually accepted towards a degree of some kind also.

    I personally own a few books (including "The Llama Book"), but taking the class I feel would be more interactive and educational. There are more reasons and explanations but I don't want this to get to long... if you want more or this does not explain it let me know...


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