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Social Learning through 70 New Coursera Courses

Coursera, a booming platform for delivering free college level courses, announced yesterday that another 17 universities around the world are joining the collaborative effort.  This move will bring an additional 70 courses to Coursera’s top notch curriculum bringing the total to 195 course offerings. The new classes largely represent the fields of music, medicine, and the humanities.

Social Learning and Coursera

I am currently a member of Professor Werbach’s Gamification class from the University of Pennsylvania, and I highly recommend taking any classes on Coursera. The social learning experience on a global level is very meaningful and the material is both thoroughly covered and thought provoking. I have connected and shared with many students on Twitter and through the course wiki. A couple of days ago I was chatting on Twitter about Gamification with a classmate in Venezuela. Learning concepts and then being able to discuss them with peers around the planet is an enriching experience that a typical college class can’t provide.

Coursera and global social learning

There are many signs around us that the world is changing now even faster than ever. Coursera is a bright light in a promising future for mankind where the only barrier to a college education is an internet connection.

List of New Courses from Coursera

In Coursera’s new curriculum there are some really cutting-edge and globally relevant new class offerings. Check out the list below and take a class. It can’t hurt. It doesn’t cost you a dime and you could meet a new friend, your next business partner, or employee.

Here is a list of the Universities joining Coursera and their course selections:

  • Berklee College of Music
    • Introduction to Guitar
    • Introduction to Improvisation
    • Introduction to Music Production
    • Songwriting
  • Brown University
    • Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets
    • Coding the Matrix: Linear Algebra through Computer Science Applications
  • Columbia University
    • Financial Engineering and Risk Management
    • Natural Language Processing
  • Emory University
    • AIDS
    • Immigration and U.S. Citizenship
    • Introduction to Digital Sound Design
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Introduction to Tissue Engineering
    • Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought
    • Synapses, Neurons and Brains
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • A New history for a New China, 1700-2000: New Data and New Methods, Part 1
    •  Science, Technology, and Society in China 1: Basic Concepts
    • The Science of Gastronomy
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Dynamical Modeling Methods for Systems Biology
    • Introduction to Systems Biology
    • Network Analysis in Systems Biology
  • Ohio State University
    • Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse
    • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • University of British Columbia
    • Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations
    • Introduction to Systematic Program Design
    • Useful Genetics
  • University of California, Irvine
    • Algebra
    • Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
    • Introduction to Biology: DNA to Organisms
    • Microeconomics
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Principles of Public Health
    • Science from Superheroes to Global Warming
  • University of Florida
    • Economic Issues Food and You
    • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    • Global Health Cultures
    • Global Sustainable Energy; Past, Present and Future
    • How Music Works
    • Sustainable Agricultural/Urban Land Management
  • University of London
    • Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps
    • English Common Law: An Introduction
    • Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story
    • The Camera Never Lies
    • Why We Need Psychology
  • University of Maryland
    • Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies
    • Exploring Quantum Physics
    • Software Defined Networking
    • Women and the Civil Rights Movement
  • University of Melbourne
    • Animal Behaviour
    • Climate Change
    • Discrete Optimization
    • Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression
    • Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within
    • Generating the Wealth of Nations
    • Prinicples of Macroeconomics
  • University of Pittsburgh
    • A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology
    • Accountable Talk ™: Conversation that Works
    • Clinical Terminology for International Students
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health
  • Vanderbilt University
    • Data Management for Clinical Research
    • Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations
    • Nutrition
    • Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights
    • Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative
    • Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software
  • Wesleyan University
    • Passion Driven Statistics
    • Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics
    • The Ancient Greeks
    • The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color
    • The Modern and the Postmodern


Quite an impressive course list! I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of my fellow classmates who are helping to grade my writing assignments, connecting with me on Twitter, and on the course wiki. I am really amazed with how social media is enriching my learning experience.

If you haven’t yet, connect with me on Twitter @DecidedlySocial.