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noleguy33noleguy33 Posts: 474Registered User Member
edited January 2013 in Engineering Majors
Has anyone seen this or possibly enrolled in one of the classes?

Looks a bit weak in most things engineering but has a pretty good computer science breadth.
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  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,398Registered User Senior Member
    I am enrolled in two courses at the moment, though I already have a BS and am working pretty hard on my PhD, so I am nowhere near caught up. I am treating it less like a class and more like a personal enrichment kind of thing. In other words, I probably won't actually finish the class and won't get the certificate or whatever, but that doesn't bother me. I am saving all the notes and lectures so I can finish them at my leisure when I actually have time to do it. My experience has been very positive so far.

    It will, of course, be weak in true engineering classes since engineering really requires a lab component to be truly complete. It's the same reason you don't really see many online bachelor's degrees in engineering, and when you do, they usually aren't from very reputable schools. Still, there are some fantastic computer science and math courses on there right now.
  • aerokid1491aerokid1491 Posts: 379Registered User Member
    It is great. Very good software to run the courses and so far the classes I have taken have been done very well, which of course is mainly due to the professors taking adequate time to prepare. I know all their computational classes are very good, teaching the fundamentals very well. Their CS classes are good too.

    I am doing similar things to what boneh3ad is. I sign up for a class and kind of do stuff when I can and feel like it since I am busy with school and other work. I am just kind of using it for learning about things that interest me that I won't spend time to take coursework of at school, so it can be fun. I never do enough work to get the certificate, but I also take some notes to recall things and study up on it later when I do find time. It is great!
  • BEngineerBEngineer Posts: 201Registered User Junior Member
    its really hard to focus. without any monetary sacrifices made, its hard to concentrate in finishing any homework
  • KamelAkbarKamelAkbar Posts: 500Registered User Member
    I've enrolled in a bunch of classes but I haven't finished one yet. I usually get too busy in my real classes and quit doing the Coursera assignments, but I have still learned a lot about things that I found interesting and continue to enroll in classes knowing that I probably won't finish them. They offer a lot of CS classes but CS knowledge is all over the Internet so it doesn't feel necessary to try to keep up with Coursera's pace when I'm busy with regular classes.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,398Registered User Senior Member
    It's not the money thing that keeps you from finishing. It's the fact that there are no penalties for not finishing. Nothing is riding on it. Some universities have started experimenting with counting them for credit though so in those cases it may be a different story.
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