PARENTS, Join Courses from Universities like MIT, Stanford and Berkeley for Free! It is not too late.
Posted on: August 16, 2012. Comments ( 67 )

Author: Chandrasekar B, Chennai

I am a parent, 45 years old and that is not what makes this article interesting. What is interesting is that I just joined a course on Finance from University of Michigan and that too at NO COST.

Parents, it is never too late to attend a course from a foreign university and that too at no cost!

I am sure many of you parents (like me) profess a deeper unfulfilled desire of attending a course at a foreign university, preferably a University in USA like Stanford, Berkley or MIT.

Ever wondered how the experience would be to sit in a class and listen to professors of global caliber and education?

Well, YOUR DREAM CAN COME TRUE NOW AND THAT TOO FOR FREE!

AND YOU CAN GET A CERTIFICATE TOO IF YOU FINISH ALL YOUR ASSIGNMENTS!

AND THAT TOO WITHOUT VENTURING OUT OF YOUR HOME!

It does not matter which discipline you are interested in. Interested in learning Computer Programming? Want to know the basics of Organic Chemistry? Want to get exposed to Greek and Roman Mythology? There are literally hundreds of courses and courses for every one in various disciplines such as HealthCare, Science, Mathematics, History and Sociology, Computer and Internet, etc.

Wondering, what the heck am I blabbering? How the hell is it possible?

Don’t get surprised! YES, it is true. I just started my class, Introduction to Finance, from University of Michigan, conducted by Prof Gautam Kaul. I am really enjoying it. I even submitted my first assignment online after attending the first week’s classes and got 85% on my first week assignment.

The course I took runs for 10 weeks. Each week, a new set of videos will be uploaded. The videos are not pre-loaded but loaded only every week. This is to ensure that the students go through similar experience of attending every week class.

Each week, new assignments are given and I am supposed to finish it within a week. This again is to ensure the timeline is similar to real weekly classes so that students feel the need to finish their assignments and be ready to learn more complex topics.

There will be a final assignment and unless I get 70% in all my assignments I don’t get a certificate.

TRUE, I WILL GET A CERTIFICATE FROM UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SIGNED BY PROFESSOR GAUTAM KAUL.

Well, of course only if I submit my assignments on time and I score at least 70% in all assignments including the final one.

The assignments are usually submitted online and corrected automatically.

Well, that’s the format of my class. Different universities may offer different subjects in different formats, but in general most of them follow the standard pattern, it primary mode of delivering the course is Video and Assignments.

Okay, I hear what you are thinking: Enough, where do I go to sign up for those classes?

Looking for classes from MIT, Harvard or Berkeley, head straight to EDx.

For courses from California Institute of Technology or IIT Delhi and Universities like Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Edinburgh, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Washington and others, go to Coursera.

You can also check out Udacity for courses on Computer Programming, Cryptography and Software Testing.

Well, I would like to see at least 10,000 of our Yokibu Parents join different courses after reading this! Let me know if any of you really joined. Don’t forget write your experience! You may light the lamp of learning for others too. Spread the word today.


Comments (67)

 

  1.  
    Hitesh says:

    I agree. I am a parent aged 44 and have been pursuing a course on EDx for a few weeks now. I came to know of EDx during a NASSCOM conference in 2016.
    Courses are really convenient and effective. Importantly, courses are well structured and delivered in a way to maintain interest of students.

  2.  
    Yatika Garg says:

    But coursera have paid courses only.


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