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Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
I found Coursera about a year ago, while researching an article I was writing. I signed up for a couple of classes, but never completed them due to my life situation. I just didn't have time. Now that I'm more settled, I have signed up for another course, and plan to utilize the site as much as possible. I will never have time to take more than one course at a time, but these courses aren't just offered once, many are offered several times. If you can't take it when it is first offered, you can sign up for notification of when it will be offered again. For all you techies, Coursera is available on both Android and iOs.We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
What Institutions are Partnered with Coursera?
I like the idea of free university education. Not everyone can afford to go to top universities, and even if they can, these universities only accept so many people a year, so the chances of getting in without some pretty good connections, such as alumni in the family and perfect SAT scores, are slim to none. The free courses from prestigious institutions all over the world allow everyone a chance at a top-rate education on topics they may find of interest.
Check Out The Coursera Partnering Educational Institutions
Our very own University of Florida right here in Gainesville offers quite a few courses at the site. Since it is primarily an agricultural university, you expect it to have courses on food and agriculture, but there are also courses such as "Music's Big Bang -- The Genesis of Rock and Roll," which is one I might want to take.
Signature Track Certification Program
Many of the courses offer a Verified Certificate for a very small fee (which varies with each course), and financial aid is available. I'm not sure what type of aid that is, whether it's grants or loans. It's a little strange, though, because some courses only offer a limited number of certificates, so you need to sign up for the certificate program by a deadline. If you miss the deadline, you can audit the course and retake it for the certificate if it is offered again These certificates look good on resumes, so they are well worth the cost. However, if like me, you aren't looking for a corporate job and don't need certification, the courses are still free and you do receive a Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera, it just doesn't have the institution's name on it.
Try Coursera and see what you think. If you've been looking for something to jazz up your resume, the courses here may be just what you are looking for.