Sunday, November 04, 2007

11/04/07 - Excellent Autodidactic Posts and Open Source Education

I mentioned Gannon Beck previously in a post concerning his superior online illustration tutorial. Well he has blown me away again with his posts on Learn to be an Illustrator and serial posts on "Open Source Education". This latter subject is going to send a chill down the back of many a college administrator - and I think deservedly so. When did higher education become such a money making proposition?!! Little business colleges boldly charge such exorbitant tuition as to rival the student debt that one would have at an Ivy League School (worse because there probably isn't much in the way of scholarships, work programs, grants, endowments, etc...).

I just have to applaud Gannon's "can do" approach to dealing with the sacred cow of higher ed. This "self-reliant" auto didactic track is a quality that many in our fighting forces have and probably why our military succeeds in so many demanding situations. I find this a refreshing and viable approach to the whole college education challenge - what do you all think?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout-outs, Jonathan. By the way, what you're doing with the Lexington Kentucky Comic Creators Group is in keeping with the open-source education philosophy. Collaboration (along with reading and experimentation) is one of the three pillars.