My first post about social entrepreneurs went live in May when I wrote about ROC USA. Today I’m so excited to write about Coursera; a social entrepreneurship company that provides free education from Ivy League professors to the masses!
What Did You Just Say?
Yes. Ivy League professors are providing free online courses to anyone who registers for them. Think Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania just to name a few. There’s courses on such a wide range of topics, too. Right now a few of them are high level mathematics, one on the new health care bill, gaming and how it applies to the non-VR world, health and nutrition, advanced sciences, literature, music, art, even finances and social networking.
There’s a ton more, but I’ll let you explore yourself
Will I Get College Credit?
No. You will not get college credit. These courses seem to be built more for those that want to expand their horizons or are looking for ways to get continuing education credits or training credit through their jobs. What you will get is a certificate from the professor stating your completion of the course which can then be passed on to your employer or other administrator that may be interested in the fact that you’ve been becoming more well-rounded. Some universities do not allow their professors to issue these certificates, for example: Princeton. Coursera does keep record of your participation, though, and can make those records available to any third-party you specify.
Which course would you/will you sign up for?