Study

Freeman Murray, One Laptop Per Child News, Mar 19, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's not online learning - students work on their program 40 hours a week in residence in Bangalore - but it draws from free and open online learning resources "by studying classes from CodeAcademy, TeamTreeHouse, CodeSchool, Udacity, Programmr.com, CodeLearn.org, Stanford, Harvard and MIT & Installing open source software and going through the tutorials." The tuition of 1 Lakh (100,000 Rupees) is deferred until after graduation, and studetns pay residential costs by doing freelance work. What makes the program work, write the administrators, are the study groups students form among themselves to provide mutual support. "So far they get most of their support from each other. We provide guidance on what classes to take, tho ultimately they are making the decisions. We follow up with them to see how they are doing," writes Freeman Murray in an email.

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