Let’s learn together on Coursera!
I am planning on enrolling in a couple Computer Science Massive Open Online Courses in the upcoming months. MOOCs allow anybody with an internet connection enrollment in university-level courses. The course material is available in a structured, community-oriented format. The material can also be accessed in a self-paced manner. MOOCs cover a wide-range of topics from: Entrepreneurship to Computer Science to Math to Agriculture and beyond. These courses are offered by top universities including: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley and University of Chicago.
Wanna take a class together?
- In January, I will be taking Algorithms, Part 1 which is offered by Princeton University (sign up/get more info). I am taking this to complement a Data Structures course I am taking next semester. I know the material will overlap which I am hoping will reinforce my understanding of the material.
- I’m excited to take Web Application Architectures in March which is offered by the University of New Mexico (sign up/ get more info). Since I’m currently learning Ruby, I thought this course would be perfect for me since it implements Ruby on Rails.
My first experience with a MOOC
In the Spring of 2013 I stumbled upon MIT’s OpenCourseware and went through their lecture notes for Introduction to Psychology to supplement what I was learning in my own class. However, I did not actually watch more than a couple of the video offerings. I was astonished by the wealth of course material easily accessible to non-MIT students.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) 101
How much do they cost? Can I get college credit from taking a MOOC?
MOOCs are traditionally not for credit. Most courses will offer a certificate of achievement. You can sometimes pay for additional certification. Due to verification procedures this needs to be indicated upon enrollment. In some cases, you may receive free credit for taking a MOOC.
They’re free?! Where do I Sign-Up?
Do I have to register in advance?
No. MOOCs encourage larger learning communities! If you register in advance, you will receive reminders prior to the start of the class. You can generally enroll in these courses at anytime. Even in the middle of a session or after a course has officially ended the material is still accessible.
What courses are you looking forward to taking in 2015? Here’s a list of 60 free online Computer Science classes that will be offered this year.
In addition to MOOCs, I have learned material online via Codecademy, Khan Academy and Team Treehouse. Have additional questions about my experiences with online learning? Feel free to contact me or comment below.
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