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I'm looking at taking a few courses to get back into the swing of things academically. I'm going to be taking a masters degree in 2015/16 but I've been out of university for some time now and I'd like to try and get back into good study habits.

Has anyone here used Coursera? If so, what did you think of it?
 
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CaffeineBot wrote:
I'm looking at taking a few courses to get back into the swing of things academically. I'm going to be taking a masters degree in 2015/16 but I've been out of university for some time now and I'd like to try and get back into good study habits.

Has anyone here used Coursera? If so, what did you think of it?


I took one of their video courses on a lark. It was OK. You have to have the time and discipline to sit through the videos and then do the self-assessments, but if you do that, you can actually learn some stuff.
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I took one of their video courses on a lark. It was OK. You have to have the time and discipline to sit through the videos and then do the self-assessments, but if you do that, you can actually learn some stuff.

I did two of them a while back and concur.
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Golux13 wrote:
CaffeineBot wrote:
I'm looking at taking a few courses to get back into the swing of things academically. I'm going to be taking a masters degree in 2015/16 but I've been out of university for some time now and I'd like to try and get back into good study habits.

Has anyone here used Coursera? If so, what did you think of it?


I took one of their video courses on a lark. It was OK. You have to have the time and discipline to sit through the videos and then do the self-assessments, but if you do that, you can actually learn some stuff.


Ah, so much the same as undergraduate
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No, but I do know the CEO somewhat, I saw her this week.

I know the edX offerings better. What are you looking to study? Do you want to learn something of specific value in your life or your career, or do you primarily want to develop study habits while learning something engaging but not necessarily of direct use?

I think any online course, either edX or Coursera, would be a good way to assess whether you're ready to go back to school. If you can't be persistent and keep up with the class and perform well, then you probably don't have the mindset to go back to school either.
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I've completed 4 courses there over 2 years, and started but didn't finish many more.

I enjoy them. They tend to be pretty well done, IMO.
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I completed a Python course earlier this year and was quite pleased with the experience. It was fun, I learned some things, and it was free.
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Started one course. Yet to finish it. I was quite impressed with quality though, and certainly learned some things.
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DaviddesJ wrote:
No, but I do know the CEO somewhat, I saw her this week.

I know the edX offerings better. What are you looking to study? Do you want to learn something of specific value in your life or your career, or do you primarily want to develop study habits while learning something engaging but not necessarily of direct use?


A little from column A, a little from column B. I'm starting a philosophy course tomorrow (offered by Edinburgh I think) which is primarily for the latter, but I'm lining up some courses to cover the weak points in my mathematical education, which would primarily be to the benefit of future study and potentially my career.

DaviddesJ wrote:
I think any online course, either edX or Coursera, would be a good way to assess whether you're ready to go back to school. If you can't be persistent and keep up with the class and perform well, then you probably don't have the mindset to go back to school either.


Very true.
 
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It all depends on the course: Coursera itself is a decent framework, but helping people finish comes down to the course being any good. Making sure the amount of homework is enough to make sure you understand the material, but not so much as to be a big time sink.

For instance, for the programmers out there, the Introduction to Functional Programming with Scala course is pretty good, and starts very soon. Taught by one Martin Odersky, father of the language.

In comparison, the second course, on concurrency with functional programming, had a lot more ups and downs. Taught by three different people, the difficulty and the quality of the exercises was all over the map. Some weeks were extremely good, others were a big chore to finish.
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