Now, one for free learning vs paywall learning:
If you are into free learning - this is what you get
- Google search
- Start learning
If you are into paywall learning - this is what you get
- Google search barely found the institution you thought would offer the course you're thinking to take
- Navigate the website of the found institution, never to find how much it actually costs
- Think you found the course you want
- Call the institution to find out how to enroll
- Get sent a form that asks your sex, race, religion, ethnicity, age, educational status, address, phone number, mothers maiden name etc
- Get sent an invoice
- Get sent some marketing survey
- Get given an email account with a crappy password system, and even worse features, and told your teachers will only communicate with you on that email account
- Get sent an info package with everything but useful information
- Get told to buy 5 expensive text books, and that the library is no use because all the content is online behind a paywall website
- Try to login to that paywall website only to find out the password you were sent doesn't work
- Call helpdesk (only open between 9 and 5pm), and get told the server was down for the weekend and to please try again in a few hours when they think the problem will have been fixed
- Finally get in to the paywall website revealing some pretty crap content from the POV of one pretty mediocre teacher, who barely knows how to use the Internet, let alone the paywall website itself... you have to sign into this each day.
- Do a Google search for one of the assignments you have to do, only to find close to the same course is freely available as open education.. finally you ask why!
- Get a grade with feedback you don't understand, and finally a feedback survey that can only be filled in with pen and you have to send it back by mail yourself!
- Get a reminder invoice for the fee, plus interest.