A few weeks ago, a friend reminded me about Coursera – a website that hosts online courses from top univeristies online that ‘students’ from around the world can take for free.
I’ve been doing a couple of these and loving them so far so I decided to see if I could find anymore free online courses that I would like to do.
As it turns out, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are TOTALLY A THING! Not only are they all over the places, most of these courses run for a period of about 4 – 7 weeks, the lessons and assignments are shared weekly (so you have some flexibility in when you can do them, as opposed to a set class time) and you receive a certificate at the end of the course if you achieve the required grade. Awesomeness!
There are several websites that offer such varied courses that everyone can take them, no matter your background or area of specialization.
Because this news is so great, I thought I’d share it with the world – well, the 100 people who read my blog (LOL). Here are the courses I’ll be doing for the next few months. Click on the links to check them out!
|Name of Course||Institute, Location||Start Date||Duration||Online Host|
|Learn to Program (Python)||University of Toronto, Canada||August 19||7 weeks||Coursera|
|New Models of Business in Society||University of Virginia, USA||September 2||5 weeks||Coursera|
|Online Advertising||Australia||September 9||4 weeks||Open2Study|
|Writing for the Web||Stamford Interactive, Australia||September 9||4 weeks||Open2Study|
|Accountable Talk: Conversation that Works||University of Pittsburgh, USA||September 9||7 weeks||Coursera|
|Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies||University of Maryland, USA||September 30||6 weeks||Coursera|
|Design 101||Accademia di Belle Arti, Catania, Italy||October 21||3 months||iversity|
|The Future of Storytelling||Potsdam University, Germany||October 25||8 weeks||iversity|
|E-learning and Digital Cultures||University of Edinburgh, Scotland||November 4||5 weeks||Coursera|
And I’m already enrolled for Introduction to Public Speaking and Smart Growth for Private Businesses Part 1 & 2 next semester!
Now, it’s time to build your own degree! Check out Coursera, Open2Study and iversity and tell me which, if any, of the courses I’ve listed here, you want to/are planning to do so we can totally do study groups and stuff!
- Coursera signs on 29 more schools to offer free online courses (venturebeat.com)
- How to pick the best MOOCs: 6 tips from a Coursera junkie (puretruculence.wordpress.com)
- How MOOCs Are Training Tomorrow’s Workforce (inc.com)