I have to my name one BA and two MAs.
For these degrees I have to admit that I probably attended 1/10 tutorials and about zero lectures. I just turned up to pick up reading lists and essays/assignments and submitted them.
I was obviously threatened with being kicked out etc but in the end got decent results.
So, I've noticed that a lot of unis have their course materials available online and you many even sell their study packs in their shops.
Redundancy is looming and I think I need to retrain myself with some extra skills. I'm currently following the exercises from an Interactive Media course courtesy of a top dept in the field and also writing some essays for an Art History/Museum Curatorship course. This method of learning is no different from what I'm used to and I've learned quite a bit in the last couple of months.
Obviously I won't earn a degree from doing this but structuring your learning on a defined syllabus really helps learning a new discipline and adds to your skillset.
I’m only taking from material that’s publicly available (if you look for it) and it helps identifying key texts if you’re unfamiliar with the subject.
This may become addictive.
Is it stealing?
Is it similar to mugging someone on the street?
Should there be legislation against it?
Should universities only press their course materials on white label vinyl and give the material to l33t underground Art Historians at FWD?