About Coursera And Other Free Courses

Free courses get rid of one of the hindrances in learning. In the past, the main issue when it comes to learning is the cost. If you ask uneducated children why they skipped school, the common reason is finances. It is either they cannot afford to put themselves to school or they have to help their families earn a living.

Fortunately, the Internet has brought us a solution to this problem. We now have free online courses that we can access anytime and anywhere. You just have to find the right website that is reputable, reliable, and trustworthy.

About Coursera

One of the websites that offer free courses is called Coursera. This website has partnered with the best universities and colleges all over the world to provide a wide range of online courses. I have actually gone through a couple of courses on this site. It is different with learning in a traditional classroom but it has all the elements that will complete the learning process.

When you sign up for a course, you will have lectures, learning and review materials, and also quizzes. It involves work – in the same way that a traditional classroom would require from their students. This is why you need to be careful with the course that you will choose. You have to be really interested in it.

I have taken a couple of free courses that are related to my profession. But I am recently thinking about exploring the igaming industry. I will probably consider it when I am not too busy with my masters. I have a full-time job and together with my masters, I do not have much time left in my hands.

There are times when I am tempted to take on more than one course – but I have to stop myself. Each course takes 8 to 10 weeks to complete. Every week offers a set of lectures with 3-6 videos. Every lecture takes 20 to 30 minutes long. It is packed with a lot of materials. There are also assignments and various handouts to help me review. After each course, there is a final exam that would have to be completed to conclude the learning process.

All the free courses offered by Coursera provides an opportunity to learn something new. They offer various resources and even has a forum where you can discuss with Coursera classmates.

Other websites that offer free courses

There are other websites that also offer free online courses. Here are some of the popular ones.

Lynda.com

This site offers video tutorials that you can access if you subscribe. It is like Netflix. If you enjoy watching videos, this is a great option for you. It is possible for you to access more than 800,000 video – but only if you pay $25 per month. Considering the number of videos you can access, this is actually almost free.

Khan Academy

This website was started by one man – who just wanted to teach his niece who lived far away. The video he uploaded gained a lot of positive feedback and that led to him creating a lot of videos. The site offers free online courses that are made up of micro-lectures. The site focuses on traditional subjects and utilise both video and text.

Codecademy

This is specifically for people who want to learn how to code – for free! It allows students to learn at their own pace. This is great for people who want to learn something new on the side. There is a gamified point system and a lot of support groups to help everyone learn well.

If you are looking for free courses, these websites are worth considering.