The world is fast approaching the crabs in a bucket scenario where competition is fierce. We are here to advise you to give you an extra edge to your regular curriculum vitae or resume to demonstrate to potential employers that you are that one truly passionate candidate among all others.
I suggest, you should begin working on building your skills and never stop exploring your options as soon as you begin first year studies in Geology.
There are so many facets to an education in the Earth Sciences that you must be familiar with all its branches to realize your favourite one of them all by the time you graduate.
It is also important to bolster your college studies with courses that you’ve taken online to update your knowledge with new advances in Geology.
Coursera is the sweet fruit of Stanford University’s many efforts and partnerships with fantastic top-ranked educational institutions of the world that brings to you a palette of interesting courses to choose and benefit from!
We shall be talking about the Coursera platform in THREE parts.
In the FIRST part, we shall briefly talk about the platform itself.
The platform is available for your web browser on your desktops and laptops and as an app for your smartphone and tablets.
You may download your video lectures and save them for offline viewing later.
What are the kinds of courses that are available?
There are standalone courses and then there are subject specializations that have many courses.
Specializations are great if you are keen on mastering a particular subject and require commitment to finish.
Enrollment is open all year round for most courses and depends on ‘session availability’.
You will have two options in front of you when enrolling for a course.
The first is a paid option which will make you eligible for an identity verified certificate on course completion.
The second is an unpaid option which gives you access to all of the course content save for the graded tests, exams and projects.
Therefore in order to receive something of value once you’ve studied all the course material, I recommend using the first option and pay for the course certificate of your choice.
Do not fret if you cannot afford to pay to earn a certificate, you may apply for financial aid which is plain awesome!
You will be taught by the very best!
There shall be video lectures, links to e-books, documents for further reading, maps, case studies and interactive media that will help you learn more about the topic of your choosing!
Look forward to key talks by guest lecturers who will be experts/scientists that will share their insight about the subject.
Whatever you have learned will be assessed in different ways. There will be discussion forums that you might be required to participate in actively. There shall be weekly quizzes that will be graded.
There will be a final exam at the end of your course and possibly a final project or essay that will be peer-reviewed and assessed.
Your final grade for any given course would reflect an average score from two or more of these assessment methods.
The passing grades are decided by whichever education institution has offered the course.
Nevertheless, whenever you complete a course, you will be rewarded with a sense of satisfaction and self-accomplishment!
Standalone courses typically cost upward of ₹ 1879 and could cost more if it is a highly technical course.
Specializations comprise three courses or more and you may choose to enroll in each individually or sign up for the specialization in totality. These cost somewhere upward of ₹10,000.
Think of these course fees as an investment that would last you a lifetime.
The best part of Coursera is that if you cannot afford to take up these courses and wish to earn a certificate to prove your learning, you may apply for financial aid using their short and simple application form.
This has helped many people further their education and skills, including people like me, which is why I strongly recommend the Coursera platform for online learning.
What will you get in the end?
You will be getting up-to-date knowledge in your choice of field from experts around the world that will help you stand apart from the crowd.
You will be a part of a truly global classroom and get to interact with students of different nationalities and backgrounds and will be able to build connections !
This is your chance to challenge yourself and test your drive to master a subject all by yourself!
I believe that this is a great way to be a part of the Digitial India efforts by PM Modi because widespread access to internet means access to education for all!
Explore the Coursera platform for yourself and discover things you’d like to know more about!
You might want to wait to hear out our recommendations before enrolling!
Nemo and I shall take turns in talking about our own favourite courses SPECIFICALLY for Earth Science students in upcoming posts! 🙂
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