CS degree from home
Apologies, if this has been posted before. I didn't find much in the archive.
Here in the UK I am studying with the Open University. I think they offer international courses.
I don't know where you are but I'd recommend the Open University for the U.K. and Europe.
Sorry, Ged beat me to it!
Man, you guys are quick.
What's the value of a CS degree vs. reading various books about computing etc (and perhaps certification)?
A CS degree has one big value: a lot of larger companies refuse to even consider a candidate unless they have a degree.
Well, as for reading books... that's great, but it depends on what your goals are.
You might code a little bit faster or better if you got a stack of books from the computer book store a mile high. Most of them won't help you think about life in anyway different than you already do. They are usually api listings and cookbooks or best practices in the computer field.
Go to a "name" school. If you get a degree from RunOfTheMill U. you will be looked at as a RunOfTheMill type person. And you will be studying with RunOfTheMill type people who have a RunOfTheMill outlook on their life and future. Personally, I would hire a biology major from Harvard over a CS star from RunOfTheMill U. You don't go to college to learn from books.
The Open University hold regular tutorials where you can interact with others on your course (plus your tutor!) and they have their own private conferencing system. Although obviously not the same as being on a full-time course at university, I didn't find it isolating.
Just a clarification here. The reference to "learning from books" is clouding the relative merits of self-learning, which involves much more than reading 3rd rate books. In fact, I would say it's the self-learners who abjure the use of those bookstore me-too's.
My first post of this fourm was about Distance Education, and I have a soft spot for it. In the US there are a number of different schools that offer BS and BA degrees via distance eductaion The best source to find out what is out there is John Bear's books by Ten Speed Press (His web site is http://www.degree.net ) If you are in the US and have your lower level class work done you can use this program http://rce.csuchico.edu/online/programlist.asp This is a Californa State School (Land grant) Also use this site to find more US Schools that offer Distense Ed degrees http://www.petersons.com/distancelearning/default.asp
A Software Build Guy
If you want to do a distance degree then I suspect the Open University is the way to go. How well known its degrees are in the States is a different matter.
England's Open University is well known in the circles that care about distance learning (It is listed in John Bear's book as well as several other large universities in the English Speaking contries). But if I were the one looking for a school, I would like to see a choice of schools and compair programs. So a little research at a few web sites might be more helpful (such as the two general sites I listed above.) Once you have narrowed the field make calls and talk to schools and get a feeling for what you are getting into.
A Software Build Guy
You might take a look at "National Technological University" in the states. www.ntu.edu. It offers the equivalent of a high-grade state school offering. Course work comes from "Iillinois, Purdue, Northeastern, Berkley, Colorado, ..."
One other thing, its expensive. The pricing is similar to out of state tuition rates at those schools.
Actually, the Tennessee board of Regents offers distance learning through all their state schools. Tuition is the same as the school tuition plus a very small technology fee.
Hi, i would like to add to what has been said about the Open University U. K. This University has been ranked in the top five best universities in the U. K. for teaching quality for 2003, and is the largest university in the U. K. as well as the third largest university in the world. This university is accredited by the Royal Charter and GAAP, which is recognized though out U. K. , U.S.A. and the world these qualification are the most accepted in the world. So for quality and recognition in the world the Open University is the way to go
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