March 16, 2015

  • March 16, 2015
Addicted to Coursera – free online learning!
Education anywhere, everywhere for anyone!

Coursera online learning (Photo: Ipswich U)
Hmm, most probably I’m a mid-age nerd that still loves to read, learn and expand my inner horizons.

Last year, for example, while talking with a very good pal of mine about my constant desire to improve my knowledge, he told me about COURSERA saying that this is the perfect source for online coursers suitable for various domains of activity, and as it’s FREE!

So, I start browsing the net searching for this tempting platform and found it immediately.
And I couldn’t believe that was so well done and presented, an attractive layout and very friendly features. It is so easy to browse around for finding your favorite course, read it intro, when it starts and how long it takes till final exam.


COURSERA (www.coursera.org/) is based on the support of many famous Universities in the United States (State University of New York, University of Colorado Systems, Berklee College Music, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Copenhagen, American Museum of Natural History, Duke University, etc) and abroad partners (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University of Melbourne, National Taiwan University, etc), and their excellent team of professors.


I was amazed to see here a plethora of courses covering so many fields of activity (business, medicine, art, design, architecture, photography, travel, mathematics, genetics, engineering, law, accounting, etc), and the learning support in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabian and Chinese.


The learning system is very well built, any individual can learn either on his/ her own or joining groups, learning at your own peace or being an active participant in dedicated forums, and at the end you may get a diploma for attending the class!


Joining this wonderful platform, you may learn aiming to gather a new certificate to your personal collection or to learn for your own benefit, as a sort of inner enlightenment. : )
COURSERA has a variety of exciting online courses that takes from 3 weeks up to 4 months, and can offer one the chance to browse around, get involved and learn new things for business/ professional development, personal development, pursue a hobby or simple pleasure… like I do! : )


Here below are few courses that are available now:
- Child Nutrition and Cooking,
- Health for All Through Primary Health Care
- Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy,
- Introduction to Guitar,
- Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education,
- Learn to Program: The Fundamentals,
- Reason and Persuasion: Thinking Through Three Dialogues By Plato,
- Social Media Marketing for Beginners,
- The Ancient Greeks,
- The Modern and the Postmodern,
- Think Again: How to Reason and Argue,
- Volcanic Eruptions: a material science, etc.


So, I have already completed 3 courses with Coursera, attending one right now, and subscribed for 2 more, where I’m on waiting list!


Very glad to find about this excellent online learning platform and source of knowledge - open to all and free - that I’m excited to share it with everyone, and especially YOU! : )



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