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#1  Postby GenesForLife » Jun 24, 2012 9:29 am

Just posting to let you all know about Coursera, a collaboration that provides free online courses from several top American universities. They've got one on vaccines run by Paul Offit, which is starting tomorrow, and one on Genomics and Genome technology coming up at some point in the future.

If you are interested in these areas it could be a good investment of time and mental effort. :)

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#2  Postby Arjan Dirkse » Aug 12, 2012 1:52 pm

Very cool...I see a course on Greek and Roman mythology there which I'm interested in.

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#3  Postby natselrox » Aug 12, 2012 5:21 pm

I viewed the first few lectures on pharmacology. Pretty good stuff! Recommended.
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#4  Postby kiore » Aug 12, 2012 8:31 pm

Thanks GFL I will be sending this link to my staff, many of whom wish to do post grad work but cannot afford it, or do not have approved prerequisites, will give them a chance to learn for free and maybe gain some credibility for their future post grad applications.
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#5  Postby Ironclad » Aug 12, 2012 9:13 pm

Cryptography! If only they offered this (or I found it) a few months earlier. Well, better late than never. Cheers :)
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#6  Postby Spearthrower » Aug 13, 2012 8:20 am

I've already registered for 3 courses - all starting next year - just don't have the time to commit to anything else this year! :(
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#7  Postby mindhack » Aug 13, 2012 4:03 pm

Thank you, GFL!
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#8  Postby maiforpeace » Aug 13, 2012 4:18 pm

I sat in on the recent Sociology course, it was pretty good. They have a few courses coming up that I think I will take seriously and actually participate as a student.

This deserves a bump in my opinion. Thanks GenesforLife! :hugs:
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#9  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 19, 2012 4:13 pm

17 more universities just joined Coursera.

I'm really surprised that this hasn't generated more interest here at Ratskep. I've put up a link to an upcoming course on Genetics & Evolution in the Biology subforum, and only 1 person's responded!

This is an absofuckinglutely awesome development - I am now going into shameless promotion mode.
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#10  Postby HughMcB » Sep 19, 2012 4:21 pm

Just got an email about this today ST, should be fun. I'm currently doing a history course but no accreditation is given so I've decided to lazily not bother do the essays. Fuck it. :smoke:
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#11  Postby Animavore » Sep 19, 2012 4:27 pm

Are they just like doing a course for fun?
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#12  Postby HughMcB » Sep 19, 2012 4:31 pm

Some of them give you a "letter of completion", some give you an accreditation, others don't give you shit. Depends on the course. Most of them involve some sort of coursework whether short essays or quizzes. Of course you can always just "sit in" on courses just for fun if you want to learn a bit.

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#13  Postby Animavore » Sep 19, 2012 4:33 pm

Is it open to anyone any where in the World?
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#14  Postby HughMcB » Sep 19, 2012 4:40 pm

Yes. It's meant to be a completely open source. I'm currently doing a course on History of the World since the 1300's, in October I'm going to taking Introduction to Evolution and Genetics.
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#15  Postby Animavore » Sep 19, 2012 4:44 pm

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#16  Postby HughMcB » Sep 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Here are some cool ones, too many to even list them all but some on critical thinking, scientific thinking, A.I., cosmology, astronomy and so on. These excite me. :)
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#17  Postby Animavore » Sep 19, 2012 4:57 pm

Yes. Lots of tasty courses to try out for the laugh. :plot:
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#18  Postby HughMcB » Sep 19, 2012 5:07 pm

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#19  Postby Animavore » Sep 19, 2012 5:09 pm

You're doing the same course as me! I hope you don't have to see me in full competitive mode :evilgrin:
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#20  Postby ED209 » Sep 19, 2012 8:36 pm

I saw this thread a while and jumped into the Quantum Computing course late, and had to hurry through it. It was good stuff all the same and I'm doing a few more.

A good alternative to coursera - far fewer courses but much much more polished and no arbitrary deadlines to meet - is:

www.udacity.com

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