A just learned about it last weekend, and think it's the coolest thing ever. It's a social entrepreneurship company that partners with universities to offer courses online for free. According to their website, part of their vision is to:
"[G]ive everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."As of this writing, they offer free, online courses from 33 universities like Berklee College of Music, Columbia University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University, University of Melbourne, and Wesleyan University.
I'm ridiculously excited to start taking classes. Not only is it an opportunity for me to explore personal interests, but also to learn more about causes I care about. I've already signed up for a University of Melbourne course about Climate Change (date TBD), a John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health course, Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health (January 2013), and a University of Florida class, Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (date TBD).
What courses are you going to take?
Maybe we'll be in class together (:
P.S. I have three blogging classes coming up in October:
- Oct. 14 (Berkeley, CA): Tea and Cupcakes with Creative Bloggers (Bring a friend!: Buy One/Get One Half Off - when registering for 2 spots)
- Oct. 16-Nov. 6 (Virtual): Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art & Play of Blogging
- October 27 (Berkeley, CA): Blogging for Writers: Build an Audience for Your Work