The amazing work people like Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, are doing today is truly exciting and inspirational. In many parts of the world higher education may not be in reach for people for numerous reasons. The goal of Coursera is to take the best courses from the best instructors from the best universities and share it with people for free! It is because of her work that top universities are putting their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera, each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.
According to the statistics, people are responding and benefiting greatly. As of January 2014, they had over 22 million enrollments and in their most popular class their is 240,000 students attending. You can’t do that unless you’re online. You can check out more stats here.
At the end of the course students receive a certificate which can be presented to perspective employer or shared with an academic institution for actual credit.
What makes this so different is that its online and it’s a real course experience.
You can check out their course offerings here.
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