Coursera is an online destination to take FREE university-level courses from a variety of leading educational institutions in the US and abroad. I stumbled upon the site today during my daily news readings.
This is how it works:
Coursera is not a degree-awarding program, but it is a preview of how the institution of education is changing. Students (or courserians as they are called) can take university and college level courses online to stimulate their analytical skills and expand their knowledge base — free of charge.
It’s unknown whether free online education sources will award degrees in the future. But, it won’t surprise me if my children have many credible low-cost online programs to choose from. Research by Ambient Insight indicates, “… by 2018, there will be more full time online students than students that take all their classes in a physical classroom.”
- Coursera brings its online education platform to China (venturebeat.com)