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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:54 PM

20. Coursera is awesome

I have taken a few classes from reputable institutions including my own grad school alma mater. Courses offered include basic calculus, astronomy, lots of science and engineering classes, lots of computer science classes, and more.

All the institutions are highly accredited and well known. The course I'm taking now is on the nature of arguments and reasoning. I took it in college eons ago, but I am glad that I can re-take it and learn something new. The course is made up of video lectures, online discussion fora, chat sessions, homework and quizzes. There are even meet-ups organized around the U.S. and the world where students meet face to face. The professors have been gracious and accommodating when responding to e-mails.

There are thousands of students from all parts of the world, including countries such as Iran and Afghanistan. It has been an awesome experience to be able to discuss some topics with people from all corners of the world who would otherwise not be able to afford a U.S. college education.

There are people of all ages, as well, and from all backgrounds. I am glad that some Coursera classes can now receive credits. Not everyone lives near a college or university and not everyone can afford the tuition or meet attendance requirements. Education should be as free as possible and as available as possible to everyone, not just those who can pay tuition.

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