With Coursera, you can take college-level courses from the comfort of home for free.
Coursera is a consortium of universities that offer MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs are typically free and boast extremely high enrollment; a single class can have 100,000 students enrolled. Coursera originated with two Stanford professors and has since evolved into a collaboration of universities from across the world. Currently, Coursera has 195 class offerings and their catalog continues to expand. 33 universities are registered with more expected to hop onboard in the future.
Course offerings vary widely across fields; here’s a small sample of classes Coursera offers:
Introduction to Finance
Calculus: Single Variable
Synapses, Neurons, and Brains
Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets
Introduction to Guitar
A History of the World Since 1300
Introduction to Sustainability
Creative, Serious, and Playful Science of Android Apps
To see a full listing of courses, click here. Each class consists of video lectures, course assignments, and quizzes. There are also discussion forums where you can interact with other students. Classes run anywhere from 3 to 14 weeks. At the successful completion of the class, most universities will provide you with a signed certificate of completion.
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