I recently attended my first online class at EdX for a course called Justice, led by Professor Michael J. Sandel. The course is being offered through EdX and in connection with Harvard University. The online school also offers a small, but growing, variety of other courses (from computer sciences to world affairs) in conjunction two other schools, MIT and Berkeley. The course I’m taking part in breaks down to two lectures per week which are uploaded on the site as videos (running about 30 minutes each). Then you take polls, offer up discussion points and answer small quizzes.
This is an amazing opportunity not only to keep learning and moving forward, but also to gain access to some of these prestigious centers of learning and renowned professors, all for free! Yes, I said FREE!
Now before I start to sound too much like a late night infomercial, just go to the site and look around. After only the first class I am not only impressed with the way the site is laid out and the functionality of the course, but also the amazing range and scope of the other students logged in. People are coming from all over the world to this course and it makes for incredibly interesting discussions and debates. It also exists as a nice vacation from the hyperbole and intensity of the political sphere online since the people in these classes are not screaming for better ratings.
So, if you’ve ever found yourself yearning for a way to learn something new or just expand your outlook, you can’t afford to pass this up.
For those people who are currently enrolled or already took a course through EdX, what did you think?