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Coursera.org – University Education for free

September 23, 2012
This offer has no language learning courses yet, but I think it’s a very useful tool to educate yourself in general.
The people of coursera.org describe themselves as a “social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.”
And that’s what they are. 😉 The courses were offered by over 30 well-known universities. For example:
– Princeton University
– Stanford University
– University of Melbourne
– University of Edinburgh
– Johns Hopins University…..and so on.
The courses are usually video-based lessons with downloadable pdfs or power point files and a (usual) workload from 2-10 hours per week for a period of ca. 5-12 weeks (depending on the course-structure). When you finish your course(s) successfully, you can get a certificate (as far as I know, you recieve it as pdf via e-mail). That’s why I would recommend to use your real name as user name, if you are interested in using this certificate for your resume or something like that.
The number and range of courses is pretty large (about 200). Let us just take a look on a few of the available categories:
– Biology and Life Science
– Business and Management
– Computer Science
– Food and Nutrition
– Mathematics
– Medicine
– Education
– Health and Society……….
It’s 100% free. You can take as many classes as you want.  There’s also a community for every course, where you can communicate with other students. If you didn’t reach to finish a course, don’t be worry. The course will be offered again later on.
I think it’s just a matter of time before language-courses are also available.
Have fun!
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4 Comments
  1. Thanks for the info! Let’s hope they do languages soon!

    • I hope they will. Could be a good opportunity to offer online language courses with real teachers for free. But I’m not sure if that is what the teachers want.

  2. I’ve been looking at that recently, and am thinking of doing a few. Hope they increase philosophy/language/writing related courses!

    • Yes, I will also try at least one philosophical course. It’s maybe harder to rate the students in this kind of courses and that’s why there are so few.
      I had only a short insight in a course about vaccines with multiple choice questions, but I don’t know how they control your proceedings in other courses.

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