Cool Toys Pic of the day – Ragged & Saylor

Another pair in the series of resources on shifting models in higher
education coming out of online and social learning environments. Both
of these two institutions hold to the philosophy that everyone who
wishes an education should be given access to one, whether or not they
can afford to pay for it. Ragged University blends selected online
resources with real life speakers and events, activities in coffee
shops, restaurants, pubs, libraries, galleries, and theaters. Saylor
Foundation selects and rigorously reviews a full complement of online
content to provide a full traditional undergraduate education. Two
very different approaches to the same problem.

Ragged University:

“Everyone has something to teach us. Everyone has a speciality or a
passion. Everyone spends their lives learning from their friends,
family and colleagues. The Ragged University brings people together to
share their knowledge and learn from each other.
We encourage flexible and diverse debate with books, open source
accredited lectures and many other reliable sources of knowledge. We
promote the use of all manner of technologies and media in the
presentation of informal, entertaining and free education.”

“The idea of educating the poor or working people continues in higher
education today, with institutions like the Open University and
Birkbeck College. These formal institutions still don’t quite provide
for everyone, however, and the Ragged University fills that gap – no
fees, no courses, no qualifications.”

Saylor Foundation:

“We believe that everyone, everywhere should have access to a college
education. This website will serve as a zero-cost alternative to those
that lack the resources to attend traditional brick-and-mortar
institutions and, if they are willing, a complement to mainstream
education providers.”


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