Teach Yourself Coding, Financial Accounting, Microeconomics—All For Free, and from the World's Best Universities
There was an article posted on Mashable this morning called "7 Ways to Educate Yourself Outside the Classroom" that I thought was amazing and absolutely worth sharing. The article title is pretty self-explanatory I guess, but just in case your Monday brain-slug problems are little worse than normal, I can spell it out a little more. Basically, the article it recommends seven free, high-quality education tools that you can access easily online. I'm bringing it to your attention for two reasons:
1. There's a decent, hands-on computer-education tool for learning Java and html.
I haven't had a ton of time to play with it, but Codecademy.com seems promising! If you're like me in that knowing HTML is sort of important to your job but you find learning it from a book just impossible, this could be our salvation! It looks like it's all taught via guided example in a little interactive sandbox, which is great for learning coding I think.
If you don't care about coding, you probably should! Unless you're part of a huge company and money is just no object, being able to do your own improvements and repairs on your website can be a huge cash-saver. Not to mention you'll at least be able to speak the language of programmers and know if they're padding estimates/charging you too much.
2. MIT offers full course materials, for free, on a ton of useful subjects.
Today I learned two things: That MIT has a business school, and it posts a ton of course material (notes, quizzes, videos, the whole nine) online, for free, in something called MIT Opencourseware. There's all kinds of neat stuff I found at a glance: Introduction to Managerial Accounting, Principles of Microeconomics, just a bunch of solid business courses that could be of benefit. There's also stuff like aeronautics and chemical engineering, if you know, you want to build a giant promotional flying machine or something.