OT- Coursera

Submitted by RONick on April 18th, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I'm not sure if this should be OT since it involves the University, mods please change if you'd like, however UofM has teamed up with Princeton, Stanford and Penn to bring a company called Coursera.  It is basically free online education that aims to provide the best possible education to the masses for free.  Really a neat concept that I think most on here may enjoy.

While none of the courses that I scanned through seem too in depth yet, I can see this as a positive, innovative step in the right direction for the future of education.

Comments

LSAClassOf2000

April 18th, 2012 at 11:21 AM ^

...seems long overdue. It seems somewhat like Open University, which has existed as the primary distance learning vehicle in the UK since the late 1960s ( and it has many notable alums as well). Getting an education for free from premier institutions can only be a good thing.

EDIT: Already signing up for courses. I could definitely use refreshers on some topics. Awesome find - thanks!

MillerTime

April 18th, 2012 at 10:39 AM ^

Really appreciate the heads up on this.  Very cool that our University is providing such a useful free service; selfishly I've been out of school a few years and miss the mental stimulation that comes with learning something new that isn't directly related to work.  I will definitely be taking a course - thanks again!

RONick

April 18th, 2012 at 11:11 AM ^

No problem, I figured that there was a large enough portion of the viewership on this board that would enjoy the mental stimulation from this material.  Now if only I had the time to take all of the classes on here that seem interesting... I miss college...