Coursera: free online courses from top institutions

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Coursera is a free massive open online course (MOOC) system. This means that you can take online courses from top professors at all over the country. Coursera is a great supplement to traditional professional development. It’s free, doesn’t take more than access to the internet, and can fit into the schedule of a student or full-time worker. You can watch lectures at your own pace, test what you’ve learned and interact with a global community of hundreds of other students. The subjects range widely from computer science to art history. Some upcoming courses that might be of interest to VRA professionals are:

Metadata:   September 2013 – taught by Jeffrey Pomerantz of  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers: October 2013 – taught by Jeannene Przyblyski of California Institute of the Arts

Comic Books and Graphic Novels: TBD – taught by William Kuskin of the University of Colorado Boulder

Learning to Program, Crafting Quality Code: March 25, 2013 – taught byJennifer Campbell and Paul Gries of theUniversity of Toronto

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