Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Life Enrichment: Education

Have you ever heard of the website Coursera? Until my recent StumbleUpon marathon, I had never heard of it before. But after taking a look, I got really excited.

An important part of this month-long journey is 'Life Enrichment'. We started this month off with practice in gratitude, which is part of 'Life Enrichment', and meets the qualifications. What I strive to do is learn new things and gain new skills. Coursera.org is the perfect place to start and will last me this whole month and a little into the next. Coursera is a website where you can take college courses online for free. You can even get certificates for some of the classes.

Expanding My Knowledge

Health Care Cost Control Signing
Health Care Cost Control Signing (Photo credit: Office of Governor Patrick)
My first class started last night at 12 EST. I decided to take Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System from the University of Michigan. With Obamacare taking effect and my life directly influenced by the healthcare system this was the perfect class to sign up for. I know that Obamacare has some pros (like people with pre-existing conditions can't be denied coverage) but I have also experienced some cons when I was working and they significantly cut our hours to prepare for the new rules. I am eager to understand how healthcare in this country works. The advice I always give people is be an informed patient; this is an excellent way for me to keep informed.

A Tidbit About Coursera

I like Coursera because you can take as little or as many classes as you would like. Since this is my first time I decided to stick with just one class. I want to get a feel of what these classes are like. Plus, I really wanted to devote my energy to learning while still working on the other aspects of this Living Challenge.

Another thing I absolutely LOVE about Coursera is the cost. It's as free as America (I'm sorry, I had to say it). And the courses come from colleges like Stanford, Berklee College of Music, and Johns Hopkins University. On top of the US colleges, they have courses from around the world. For example, the University of Copenhagen has a class called The New Nordic Diet - from Gastronomy to Health that starts on October 21st, 2013.

The last thing I'm going to mention is the topics aren't all about health. They have classes in Art, Chemistry, Law, Medicine, Economics, Business & Management, and the list goes on. So you get to pick what you're interested in.

Have you taken any courses through Coursera? What has your experience been?

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