Coursera – Quality University education for the world

About a month ago I discovered Coursera – a company that has partnered with top universities to provide online courses for free. I recently signed up (for free!) to the Listening to World Music course to experience an online course as well as learn about a subject of interest.

What was the motivation behind the founding of Coursera and how can such a course operate?

Watch this TED talk by Daphne Koller –  one of the founders of Coursera.

Browse the courses  at

This is what my web page looks like for the World Music course:

The video lectures are broken into 10 – 15 minute chunks. The videos often contain quizzes which I take to check my understanding. There are often links to other web sites such as YouTube links, or musician’s web sites.

Assessments are done by submitting a weekly assignment – 2 to 3 paragraphs – which is then assessed by other students.

There is a discussion forum where I can interact with other students.

So far, I am enjoying the community of students around the world, and enjoying the learning more than attending a lecture in person.


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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