Browsing online has led me to some really interesting free-or-almost-free online courses – stuff run by Yale, Oxford, Harvard and elsewhere, most notably their introductory Computer Science course: CS50.
As well as being a EdX course, CS50 is apparently just one of a huge number of courses available via the ‘Harvard Extension School’, an institution which Wikipedia tells me can grant Harvard-brand degrees to those who take their courses, ALBs and MLBs instead of the usual Bachelor of Arts that Harvard College provides.
Who are these degrees targeted at? People with jobs? Uni students? High schoolers? And do employers value HES degrees to the same level as they do ordinary Harvard degrees, or even to the same level as they do degrees from less prestigious brick-and-mortar universities?
What would the experience be like studying full-time as a student at the Harvard Extension School, and what’s the catch?