TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Where can I go to sign up for a course? Where is the starting line?

I didn't see the specifics so I could try this myself.

Share:
  • thumb
    Aug 1 2012: Head to Coursera.org!

    And also, check out this blog post for more free college course ideas:

    http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/01/12-great-free-online-courses/

    Thanks!

    Kate
  • Aug 1 2012: I had a browse through some Google results and found this https://www.coursera.org/
  • thumb
    Aug 2 2012: Cool Im actually a fan of Ken Robinson's talks on creativity and how the world education system needs changing to fit modern times. His talk about changing education paradigms was very eye opening. I actually talk about him as well in the afore mentioned blog post about self paced online education. The post was about revealing how it seems kids are learning better from watching YouTube videos than in the actual class rooms.

    And I agree, this Corusera sounds really great, I just wish I had known of them in 2010 instead of enrolling in the online course I did :X
  • Aug 1 2012: I googled her and searched quite a few pages of her and found nothing. Sometimes an extra pair of eyes helps. No need to be mean or rude Theodore.
    • thumb
      Aug 1 2012: What exactly did you Goggle? "Daphne Koller online courses" brings up several listings such as....

      Probabilistic Graphical Models | Coursera
      Daphne Koller, Professor. In this class, you will learn the basics of the PGM ... class, the online education model that has led to the formation of the online courses ...
      www.coursera.org/course/pgm

      Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level ...
      [Jul 17, 2012] Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original ...
      www.nytimes.com/.../consortium-of-colleges-takes-online...

      Coursera, Udacity, edX: Will free online Ivy League courses ...
      Daphne Koller, educator, speaks during Session 3: Building Blocks, at TEDGlobal ... with 12 major research universities to offer more than 100 free online courses in ...
      www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/07/...

      TED Blog | Completely free online classes? Coursera.org now ...
      At TEDGlobal 2012, Stanford University professor Daphne Koller introduced us to Coursera.org, an effort to bring rigorous college courses online to anyone who ...
      blog.ted.com/2012/07/18/completely-free-online-classes...

      "Rude" is in the context of your feelings to my comment, but I do not cause your feelings.
      • Aug 1 2012: Sir, you are incorrect. Rude is what you were. My feelings has nothing to do with your actions. My feelings are a separate entity than what was factually done and said.
      • Aug 1 2012: If you don't want your online text to come across as rude but more so jovial, I suggest you learn how to rephrase your wording for future clarification if you choose to continue to communicate behind a computer screen without facial expression and vocal tone.
      • Aug 1 2012: Please don't make it my problem that you are unaware how to communicate with others.
        Quote anything you like, you still chose phrasing that made you look a certain way.
        When stating something, if the other person doesn't understand the point you're trying to put across, the problem lies with you, not them.
      • Aug 1 2012: And let's have 3 cheers for making assumptions. You have no idea what I do or do not intend on doing with this information or these links. SO how about you take your snide, know-it-all, poor excuse for a so-called human self and mind yourself.
        • thumb
          Aug 2 2012: katt and Theodore, any chance of olive branches both ways here? Just in the spirit of TED community?
    • thumb
      Aug 1 2012: "Much ado about nothing."
      It least my comments didn't revert to name calling.
      And you did not answer the question. What did you search for?

      You must be new to TED.
  • Aug 2 2012: two thumbs up
  • thumb
    Aug 1 2012: I wrote about online education in my blog recently and mentioned Salman Khan's Khan Acadamy. Its basically the same premise. (And he even did a TedTalk about it in 2011) I am all for free education . But it may also mean that many business corporations everywhere, will have to change their requirements for hire or they eliminate the thousands of potentially prime candidates for hire because they require that MBA or BA is something. They would have to determine if the "certificate" you get for completing one of these online courses will or will not be recognized. Speaking as someone who spent 5 years in college from High school, and couldn't find any work in my desired graphic design field, I am a little jaded. Id hate to put in the time for these courses and not be hired because my degree wasn't from a "credible" University.
    • thumb
      Aug 2 2012: How is Khan Academy "basically the same premise"?
      Coursera is actual college classes taught by professors that teach at the universities. Certificate of completion for the course are not the same as a degree.
      • thumb
        Aug 2 2012: Its online and its not-for-profit. I'll grant that KhanAcadamy doesn't seem to have much in the way of certified professors rather relying on a few subject specialists among a ton of software engineers.

        And my concern was not about the difference between a degree and this certificate from Coursera, so much as to if businesses will recognize it for possible candidates for hire.
        • thumb
          Aug 2 2012: What is changing about education is that even after one receives a degree, we will be required to become life long learner. This is why courses are being offered online. We currently consume more information in a day than people did in entire lifetimes.

          In America this is not the issue it is in other places in the world. As Koller indicates tens of thousands of people that access Coursera are from areas of the world where there are fewer opportunities for attending such classes. Yet the need for this information is great.
          What will matter is what you can do with your knowledge and not what a piece of paper says you did in the past. (see Charles Leadbeater and Sugata Mitra's TED Talks)

          Can you imagine a future where your schooling records will be persistent and online, in the cloud. This is where employers will look for qualified applicant for job placement.

          This is part of the "education revolution" Sir Kenneth Robinson's TED talk calls for.
    • Aug 2 2012: Right? These are for people, so far, that aren't necessarily trying to land a job in the field but feel it may help.
      Every job I've had I've gotten from starting at the bottom of the totem pole and working my way up, each job change is a step upwards, I have some college under my belt and a few trade certifications (those are the most fun concerning learning and getting something out of it). I've found that the trade certs got me hired much faster in higher paying positions than ones that require higher formal education.
  • Aug 1 2012: Oh awesome thanks!
    I was just going to the specific university's websites...
    For example, the MIT website has some courses you can download the curriculums, tests/exams, textbook literature, and read lecture notes. There's a really big variety of courses to read about too. Really neat find by accident.
  • thumb
    Aug 1 2012: Please don't expect others to do your homework for you.


    https://www.coursera.org/
    https://www.coursera.org/courses
    • Aug 1 2012: Furthermore, this is not homework, it was a simple question. Sometimes others know how to better find something more efficiently than yourself.
      Way to go for positive feedback that you heavily preach on your profile that others are doing for you. How about you practice what you preach and instead of treating others like shit, treat them in the nice way that they've treated you? We all have our strengths and weakness, it's apparent kindness isn't one of yours.
      Next time you have any type of question that I can easily answer for you, expect the same rude answer you've given me.
      • thumb
        Aug 1 2012: "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff than this." to paraphrase Shakespeare

        In general this was written in a joking manner, but your feeling of being slighted are curious.
        "Thou doth protest to much" as Shakespeare says in "The Taming of the Shrew" and I wonder if my barb struck a little to close to home.
        This is a fairly simply task since she shows examples in the video of the online classes: "Coursera."
        Having taking a few classes at Coursera I can warn you that they are self directed and there is a heavy burden to be self motivated. If you cannot find Cousera outline I think do have a valid concern about your success in these classes.