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A few months ago, I heard a radio story about a unique educational opportunity called Coursera. It’s a program that lets any person anywhere in the world enroll in online Ivy League university classes for absolutely FREE. While participants don’t actually get credit, they have access to all the same materials and lectures as paying students. What’s more, they can submit assignments, interact with other students, get feedback, and taste what it’s like to learn at some of the top universities in the US. To date, Stanford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan all offer classes in subjects ranging from humanities to computer science.
There’s no limit to how many people can enroll in a class, and there’s no penalty if you stop participating. Do what you can; Skip a week if you’re busy. It’s up to you.
Sounds awesome, right?
So, I browsed class offerings and settled on one for myself. Starting July, I’m taking Listening to World Music. This class teaches music cultures around the globe with lots of audio and music clips to enjoy and discuss. A huge fan of foreign cultures, languages, and travel, I’m completely excited to take this class.
I can’t wait for July. Anybody want to join me?
By the way, if World Music is not your thing, check out the other offerings. There are dozens of classes including Greek Mythology, Sociology, Business, and even a Science Fiction reading class.