What was your first nontraditional course?

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  1. SpoonyNix

    SpoonyNix Active Member

    I have little doubt that playing with Atari BASIC, at an age when I was a sponge, had a tremendous influence on how I see the world. My internal dialogue to this day contains a heavy dose of IF, THEN, LET, GOTO, RUN.
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  2. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    I got through law school with a Radio Shack 8 bit computer, a daisy wheel printer, and my first word processor on a cassette. It was about what everyone had.
  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I got through my MBA program on a typewriter. By the time I started my Union program I was one of the first of my peers to have a PC. And when I got a laptop--a Datavue Spark with a CGA monitor (b&w ,no graphics) and two floppies (no HD), I was way ahead of the curve. But by the time I was writing my dissertation I was running WordStar on a x386-based Gateway with a 2,400-baud modem, which I used to do database searches using Telenet/Tymenet. And Flight Simulator, of course. I think the HD was something like 40mg. (That's megabytes, folks, not gigs.) I had a VGA graphics card and enough RAM to be considered a power user.

    I look back now and it was like doing your dissertation on an Etch-a-Sketch.
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I got through High School (and Teachers' College) with a pen. No computers till 'way after 1961. Top that, you guys... :)
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  5. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    I studied Physics until 2004. LATEX? No, not my cup of tea. So, I wrote everything by hand. Sometimes, with stencils!
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  6. Life Long Learning

    Life Long Learning Active Member

    1st was about ten (HS job) - Sears Extension Institute (SEI) paperback correspondence courses with mail-in exams. Electrical, Tools, Retail Management, subjects etc.
    2nd was the hundreds of Army Correspondence Course Program (ACCP) Yellow paperback correspondence courses with mail-in exams. Knowledge and extra Army retirement points. Army subjects, weapons, etc.
    3rd was dozens of - FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study (IS) in real paperback correspondence courses with mail-in exams. Knowledge and extra Army retirement points also. More about disasters and nuclear war back then.
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    LATEX? Not my cup of tea either. Horribly uncomfortable, especially in hot weather. ....Oh, you mean LaTeX - the editing / printing system for non-standard text, Math stuff etc. Sorry. :)

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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    For quite a few years, you could get Big 3 college credit for those FEMA courses. I think it's over now. I think you can still convert them into credit at Frederick Community College (and possibly at Clackamas College too - not sure) but I don't believe the courses transfer from there to any Big 3 school any more.

    Some Big 3 students used to do all-they-could-get. I think the max allowable was about 27. One credit each, IIRC. Free courses, modest fee to convert to credit.
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  9. Life Long Learning

    Life Long Learning Active Member

    Clackamas ended years ago. I think today only Excelsior College will if you go thru Frederick Community College (in bed with FEMA). Years ago other colleges also took them besides the Big 3.

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