If you haven’t checked out Coursera.org just yet, you are certainly missing out, and it is a priviledge to be one to intorduce you to it. The site belongs to a non-profit organization that delivers free college level courses from top ranked univerisities to any user interested in learning something new. Coursera’s mission is statemetn is “we provide universal access to the world’s best education”, and its vision statement “we envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.” (Coursera inc, 2015). The institutions Coursera.org partners with in order to deliver this education come from all over the world. Its North America partners include the University of Wisoncsin-Madison, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Standford University, Yale University, and more.
Once you have created a coursera free account, you should be able to enroll in any online courses of your interest. In addition, if you would like to earn professional recognition for your efforts, you have the option of signing up for signature track, which provides you with verified credentials from the university you enrolled with, and an official certificate of course completion. The price of signature track varies from institution from institution, but often amounts to $50. Courses tend to last around a month or two, and consist of video lectures, quizzes, and papers. So, what are you waiting? Get into your computer and check out this amazing non-profit. They have definitely made a difference for me.