I love learning. I don’t understand people that don’t. One of my biggest fears is that I’ll run out of time before I’m done learning. There’s just so much that I’m interested in.
I was reading an article in the New York Times recently that talked about taking classes online. Of course I know that there have been online classes for ages, but I wasn’t aware that 1) many were free, and 2) many Ivy League and top-tier schools were making courses available online through Coursera – FOR FREE.
We (Coursera) envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
How cool is that? I can attend Harvard, Brown, Columbia, or a long list of other prestigious universities (worldwide) and learn almost anything I want.
What an abundance of topics and things to learn at Coursera! I was too late to register for the Greek and Roman Mythology class, taught by Dr. Peter Struck from Penn State University, but I signed up for it anyway and will take the Coursera course “time shifted” later this month.
At this moment I’m on “spring break” right along with the students at University of Virginia. The Coursera course I’m taking at the moment is “The Modern World: Global History since 1760,” taught by Philip Zelikow. Professor Zelikow has an amazing CV – he’s been a professor at Harvard, a diplomat, been published numerous times and, most interestingly, headed up the 9/11 Commission. Nice credentials, huh?
Getting started with Coursera is easy. Just signup as a student (no fussy applications, no screening tests or interviews) on the Coursera website. Pick a course, sign up for the course and begin to LEARN. You won’t regret it.
What a world we live in now, huh?
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