University of the People says “free higher education for all!”

Always keeping tabs on higher education tags and resources I came across something that blew me out of the water. It’s called University of the People, sounds quite nice doesn’t it? Currently they offer a Master’s and Associate’s degree in Computer Science and Business management. They have students from all over the world and are working on their accreditation.

But the opportunity to connect with professors from all over the world sounds quite exciting, and getting a bachelor’s degree for free at the same time with networking availabilities? Sounds like an exciting opportunity. You can check out this article from the New York Times with a little more of the backstory of UoPeople. And you can check out their website here.

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Freestyling in Education, Life, and the Journey

Neil Gaiman talks about education, jobs, and how he came to where he is in this fantastic speech. It resonated with me so much in regard with learning. The universe works in mysterious ways, and I joke about it with my friends all the time.

“It’s a sign!” 

The Universe is saying something!”

But if it wasn’t for those little subtle nudges I wouldn’t have taken the plunges that I would have today – joining the UnCollege Movement, taking my TESOL exam (that was with the helpful nudge of NPR!), or going to China with the Global Education Partership

It’s scary but thrilling. Moving and still. And the learning that I have done this year just makes me realize that I have so much more learning to do. I leave for Shanghai on Sunday, and then will be in Kunming until the beginning of August.

If you get anything from this post – listen to the little nudges and take into account the little serendipities. You’ll be quite surprised where they lead you.

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Flying For the First Time (Boston)

So I flew for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was on Spirit Airlines, it seemed inevitable with the research I was doing on frequent flyer programs that I should fly soon. Also, my parents wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have a panic attack on the 14 hour flight to Shanghai next Sunday. Because, you know, you’re floating in the sky…

It was absolutely fantastic, you soar up into the sky. Clouds look like white mountains, you float – but it doesn’t feel like floating. I know millions of people fly every day, especially people that are travel hackers, but it was my first flight since I was a baby. I had my nose pressed up to the window maybe 80% of the time, and then I remember I had work to do. I brought my laptop, “Steve,” aboard with me and finished editing some photos for work as well as

writing up some projects for a super secret opportunity I will share later.

I flew out to Boston to meet with my best friend Melody Liu, who I’ll be staying with in China. We discussed the documentary, education, and I got to meet some of the fantastic faculty that were featured in our dream collection for YEMS video.  I’ve also finished up a book review  project for AERO.

I will be speaking at the conference, doing a Q and A regarding my documentary but also different experiences and resources I have found so far. And after working for AERO, I’ve discovered and learned so much about unschooling, various educational methods, and alternative schools. Self-directed learning in general is what I really like. And books… lots and lots of books.

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Saying Thanks! (and a little giveaway)

I just finished my last final today! Now I have more time to focus on actual work work. I’ve got a few more books to review for AERO, writing, and actual cleaning to do. I leave in 17 days for … Continue reading

Recording Things in Education

Yesterday I measured my luggage and started making final copies of travel things I

had to bring. Checking things off my luggage, and making sure that I was prepared and had all the necessary numbers and contacts written down.

I also found a little recycled travel journal that I’ve started writing with for the trip. Two summers ago, every single morning I would write three pages in a journal. Mostly streams of consciousness, dreams, and frequently to-do lists for that day. I wanted to make sure I recorded down all the emotions, challenges, and

experiences in writing. My documentary is not solely focusing on me. It’s about one of the many paths that one can take with their education. There’s no one-size-fits all as I’ve learned these last few months.

From UnCollege to the Eduventurist to the many mentors I’ve found along the way.  Your life path is totally dependent on you, people’s contributions to you, and your contributions to people. I hope that with my documentary and the pilot program of The Global Education Partnership I continue to grow, but also create things that will help others on their own life-learning.

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Melody talks on PBS about the Global Education Partnership

Melody talks a bit more in an exclusive interview about what we will be doing in China with the Global Education Partnership. Inspiring students, cultural exchanges, and connecting with fellow human beings. That’s what education is about, the connections.

After reading the books from AERO, I realized how much the connections with students matter. Look out for a few book reviews I will have posted up soon.

I will also be contributing to a few alternative education magazines in the upcoming month which is quite exciting! The voices are getting louder, and the education model that has been here for ages is not what it used to be. With all of the globalization and and intercultural relations it is of paramount importance to change with the times.

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The Social Justice Zine is Here!

I didn’t make an announcement on here because I was carried wistfully away to the tumblr world where I was trading and learning about more zinesters and DIY craft people. So the people of tumblr know about my social justice … Continue reading

The search for cameras is never-ending

Craigslist… Amazon…Google Checkout…Craigslist… The search continues on since last week when I finally raised enough money for a professional camera for my documentary project in China. I wanted something light, good depth of field, and manual focusing. Manual focusing and … Continue reading