Free Education Project – November 2013 Update

In August, I started my first class as part of the ‘Free Education Project’. To recap, this project is my own personalized curriculum of things that interest me from content delivered for free (or at a very minimal cost) via the internet. My first class is going quite well (see below). Since creating the first versions of my curriculum, I’ve decided to tweak the process further. Rather than adhere to a finite time line or predetermined class list, the newest outline calls for me to concentrate fully on the class or task at hand and THEN choose what to pursue next. However… the concept of spending as little as possible still applies.

WORKING ON NOW

Learn WordPress’ Track at Treehouse [$25/month]
Learning to install, setup, manage & customize WordPress.


ONGOING

Read 2 books each month [Free from library]
On track. See my book reports and reading list HERE.

2 weekly posts to this website [Free WordPress.com]
On track. I’ve built up 8 draft posts in addition to what has already been posted.

Dave Ramsey podcasts for finance tips [Free on iTunes]
Haven’t missed an episode in several months. Incidentally, D.O.D. and I are on Baby Step 2 and will be debt free in early 2014!


COMPLETED

Coursera ‘Intro to Financial Accounting‘ from U. Penn. Wharton [Free online]
Certificate of completion (pending) 11/22/13.

Final score 79.8/100

(Two lowest Homework scores dropped)
Week 1 Homework – 9.6/10
Week 2 Homework – 8.4/10
Week 3 Homework – 7.0/10
Week 4 Homework – 8.8/10
Mid Course Exam I – 10.4/12
Mid Course Exam II – 5/8
Week 5 Homework – 8.6/10
Week 6 Homework – 7.2/10
Week 7 Homework – 6.4/10
Week 8 Homework – 7.6/10
Final Exam I – 9.2/12
Final Exam II – 5/8

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Xero cloud based accounting software certification [Free *Paid by employer]
Completed 2 day certification course 8/23/13.


ABANDONED

Grammar Girl podcasts for writing tips [Free on iTunes]
Listened to 6 episodes but it really wasn’t my thing so I moved on.


WHAT MIGHT BE NEXT?

Learn French at duoLingo [free online]
Khan Academy ‘Finance & Capital Markets‘ module [Free online]
Khan Academy ‘Microeconomics‘ module [Free online]
Khan Academy ‘Macroeconomics‘ module [Free online]
Intro to Computer Science‘ class at HarvardX [Free online]
Learn JavaScript‘ at Codeacademy [Free online]
Intro to Computer Science‘ class at Udacity [Free online]
Intro to Programming in Java‘ class at Udacity [Free online]
FileMaker Pro 12 Certification [$20 for training materials, $150 for exam]
Shopify ‘Build a Business‘ competition (10-1-14) [$168 – 1yr subscription]
National Novel Writing Month (11-1-14) [Free online]
Publish a book on CreateSpace [Free – books printed on demand]


ACTUAL $$ SPENT:
Aug internet – $30
Sep internet – $30
Oct internet – $30
Nov internet – $30
Nov Treehouse – $25
Total Spent So Far – $145


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