I came across this website through a friend about a year ago, called Coursera, which gives you access to a number of different educational topics, provided by the world’s best education.
Note: The image above only shows some, but not all associated universities. Click here to view the full list.
I have personally, within the year, took 4 different courses:
- EDIVET: Do you have what it takes to be a Veterinarian?
- Animal Behavior and Welfare
- The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management
- Equine Nutrition
There is a wide variety of subjects, from sciences, to politics, to engineering, law, computer science, film, art etc.etc. that are taught in a number of different languages (click here).
When you click on the topic of interest, you are provided with an introductory video that informs you of the topics that will be covered in the course. You can also select, from specified options, your start date. Each course has its own start and finish date depending on the duration.
You also do get a list of suggested readings of certain articles, books, and journals that can help you throughout the course.
How it works:
Once you register for a class, you have access to the course interface which includes the syllabus, the team, each weeks course materials (uploaded weekly), discussion forums, surveys and assessments.
As you can see below, once you have finished reviewing the lecture videos, ticks will appear to your left, making it easier to start where you last took off.
Within each week you will come across the following screen, which shows you the related lecture videos, note slides, quizzes, additional resources, and activities. These are al accessible until the end of the course. Therefore, if you are not able to study for a week, the materials and quizzes are still up and don’t expire until after the course ends. This means that you can choose to view the lectures and do the assignments weekly, or at your convenience. You may, but not recommended, do all the course work on the week the course ends. This however, will take a while and may be too crammed. Nonetheless, it is possible if you wish to do so.
Once you have completed the course, you will be given a certificate virtually from the university and professor that provided the subject. If you wish to receive a hard copy, you may do so with some subjects, but for a fee.
I love Coursera and it is absolutely amazing to get free education from top universities around the world. This gives us a lot of opportunities and insight on the available topics.
If you have not tried it before, I suggest you do, since you have nothing to lose, but knowledge to gain. And if you have, comment below on what courses you took/are taking.