Learning for the Sake of Learning


By Jeff

Since their advent, public libraries have provided resources to people who wish to further their education without formally enrolling in classes.  Books can be found on just about any topic and chances are that if you want to learn more about something, you’ll find the information you need at your local library.

However, technology has lately taken “education for education’s sake” to a new level.  Full courses, in lecture format, can be found on the internet and at your library.

For example, did you know that if you wanted to learn a lot more about Political Science, you could sit in on a course taught by a professor at UCLA (free of charge) by clicking here.   Have you always wanted to really understand calculus?  What better way than learning from a professor at MIT.  And a full college level course on understanding Einstien’s Theories can be found here.

These free internet courses are only the tip of the iceberg.  For an extensive list of free university lectures, check out Lecturefox.  Many of the lectures there are also downloadable as mp3’s, so you can load them on your Ipod and take it with you.

Fontana Regional Library also collects full university lectures which circulate to the public in both audio and video formats.   To hear lectures on anything from the Crusades to the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer the Modern Scholar Series has you covered.  And the mainstay in the field has been the Great Courses Series, which offers everything from The Foundations of Western Civilization to The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis.

So, if you’ve always wanted to find out more about…well, just about anything, there’s almost no excuse to stop learning.

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