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 www.coursera.org/courses
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.