Coursera

Subjects: Courses available cover just about every subject imaginable with large numbers of new courses coming out constantly

Website: www.Coursera.org

Connor’s Thoughts:

I like the courses that Coursera offers for free on its website. I’ve always thought it strange that no one below the age of 14 is allowed to use Coursera as sometimes we’re the ones with the better ideas than adults.
So far I have enjoyed all the courses that I’ve taken, especially the Greek history one.
I also appreciate the fact that Coursera has so many diverse courses that you can take so you’re always almost certain to find one that you are interested in.

My Thoughts:

Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have already changed access to higher education and will mix things up even more in the years to come.

Coursera is completely free and provides access to courses from universities all over the world in an online environment.  If your child is over the age of 14 then they can take Certified courses for a small extra fee that prove that it was them who did the course and the work.

According to their Terms of Use only children over the age of 14 may take courses and for some lectures it is higher.  I have always ignored these kind of arbitrary restrictions based upon some general view that a child of 14 may be upset at seeing a ‘bad’ word written in a forum somewhere.  In my pretty extensive number of courses taken, I have never seen any discourse that is less than respectful of other participants and personally judge the risk as very low.  Take a look for yourself and see what you think before signing your kids up.

If you have not yet discovered Coursera, then you need to – it (and other MOOCs) provides an incomparable educational opportunity that literally allows some of the best professors from the best universities in the world to teach you and your kids.  Connor and I are nearly always doing one or two courses together, which is something that we really enjoy doing.  Additionally, we are usually also doing 2-3 courses by ourselves as we delve into subjects of personal interest.

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