Book learning doesn’t have to end once you’ve graduated from college and collected your degree. Coursera is a tool that anyone can use to take university-level courses online, with topics that run the gamut from humanities and social science to mathematics, business, and more.
Coursera courses are spread out across 16 unique categories. Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you can begin browsing through available courses by department, university, or keyword. When you find a course that looks interesting, click on the title and watch an introductory video for a better idea of what you’re getting into. Each Coursera course page also provides detailed course information, like the weekly workload, length of the course, and the instructor’s professional background. You can begin a Coursera course at any time, although most courses do have a preferred start and end date. To get going with the material, visit the class page, check out the syllabus, and start watching the video lectures that go along with that week’s topic. Most courses have an active “forum” section, where you can discuss coursework and debate relevant issues with fellow classmates online.
Unlike competing web-applications, Coursera courses are taught by actual professors from top universities around the United States, and students can earn signed certificates for completing certain courses. Coursera gives people a great way to master new concepts and learn new skills without ever having to leave the comfort of their living rooms.
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