Cousera is social entrepreneurship organization that removes the barrier to higher education. A major dilemma in the United States and in the world is access to education. The barrier to education in the United States is funding. Outside of America, especially in countries like Africa, there is no access to higher education at all. This amazing organization is less than a year old; it was created by Stanford University Computer Science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. Furthermore, anyone can enroll in online courses at top universities - at no cost.
To be clear this means that absolutely anyone with access to the internet "can take classes taught by world-renowned professors, Coursera is opening up education in computer science, business, social sciences, humanities, medicine, biology, and more," Stephen Robert Morse explained.
If you enjoy lifelong learning, you can participate in Coursera just like Ben Wallace, a 24-year-old consultant:
Ben ... lives in Astoria, Queens and studied economics as an undergraduate student just started Princeton's "Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes " through Coursera. "I want to keep my brain active outside of work and learn more about the subject matter."
If you are interested in taking a course here is a little more information about Coursera. Classes are generally 4-6 weeks long. Typically, peer graders evaluate tests, essays, projects, and quizzes. In many occasions after the course is completed, students receive a certificate of accomplishment. Here is a list of some of Coursera's current and upcoming classes:
Writing for the Sciences, Stanford University
Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp, John Hopkins University
Greek and Roman Mythology, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution, Duke University
Song Writing, Berklee College of Music
The courses listed above are just a small sample of the 195 classes that Coursera is currently offering. Coursera is inspiring students all over the world to embark on their education for the first time, to continue education they could not complete due to family and financial constraints; or students are motivated to continue their joy of learning. All of this is possible because of two social entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng.
We hope that reading about Coursera has sparked or rekindled your social entrepreneurial spirit and has inspired you to be a change agent in your circle of influence.
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