I am finally at a point where I am thinking about what I will do after graduation. As strange as it sounds, when graduation comes there will be a piece of me that is empty. It will be the first time that I will not be in school. Sure I have had summer breaks here and there without classes but I have always had big projects, internships, or research looming over my head that I worked on. I have been going to college for the last 10 years since I graduated high school in 2004. This will be my fourth college degree. When I think about it, it is a little insane (mostly because of how much that costs).
Because I know I will miss classes, I have actually looked into enrolling in some community college classes for web design. But it seems ridiculous to continue to pay for any classes with the amount of student debt Bennett and I have accumulated.
Enter Coursera. . .
I had heard about Coursera when it first launched in 2012 but didn't think to look into since I had enough classes on my plate at the time. It is one of those things that has come up in conversation with a few friends lately and I decided to try it out. Coursera is a for profit organization that was started by two Stanford professors. It offers online classes for free from one of the 100 something academic institutions it partners with. You can also pay to take some classes for college credit or to earn a certificate. The classes have video lectures, multiple choice tests, and discussion boards. Some writing assessments also have a peer grading system. If you take the class for free you can choose to participate as little or as much as you want.
I am currently taking a class called "Whats Your Big Idea?" from Buck Goldstein and Holden Thorp by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Washington University in St. Louis. It is about a systematic process to develop an idea and how to be an entrepreneur. It started a few weeks ago but you can join in now and catch up if you are interested as I know a few of my readers may be. Here is a link to the description of the course. I also signed up for a creative problem solving class that starts soon. Here is the link to the description of that course. Intro videos to these courses are below, I would love for others to take it so we can discuss together. Check it out!
Intro Video to What's Your Big Idea class
Intro video to Creative Problem Solving class