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Verwin Prakash Damodaran
Are online courses from platforms like Coursera, Udacity etc. really useful?
Verwin Posted Date Posted on 2/5/2019
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Verwin Sabita Samuel Sabita Samuel Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 14/5/2019Expert
Any and all kinds of learning are always useful. What is important is to check its relevance, goal and usefulness in the current context of the situation you are in.
Please think through or write down as to what is it that you are trying to learn, what is the purpose behind learning that i.e., is it for your current job, future skill upgrade, learning something completely new, to improve current career opportunities or explore new opportunities etc. Once the purpose or reason is established, the rest of the decisions becomes easy such as budget, mode of learning etc. 
You also need to look at the level or grade of knowledge/learning that you are aspiring for i.e., is it beginner, intermediate or expert level, generic or specialised.
On the usefulness of online courses, it is meant for people who do not have the time or because of the geographic spread people cannot access quality courses. It is useful for a generic understanding or a deep dive into some specific topic, for example, you can do a basic course on AI or do a course to learn programming languages in an AI environment.
Verwin S Sravani S Sravani Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 3/5/2019
Any platform that offers learning can never be a waste of time. Every time we use a learning platform, we get to learn something new or sharpen our existing skills and make them more powerful. Many online platforms offer courses that have similar content. So my advice is to choose one platform and stick to it... one which you find comfortable, which helps you learn/ understand the concepts easily.
Verwin Hussain Khadar Hussain Khadar Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 2/5/2019
These online courses are available for free unless one requires a certification. I'm familiar with Coursera... the courses are made in collaboration with many good Universities. The quality of the courses is pretty good. They have tests and assignments and grading systems with stringent timelines (when paid for), to ensure you complete the course with thorough knowledge on the subject.
Verwin Simon Tom Simon Tom Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 2/5/2019
Yes absolutely! Some of these platforms are really good. I can speak about Udemy (I'm enrolled in a few of their courses):
1. The courses are created and instructed by professional instructors who have many years of experience under their belt.
2. Since these courses are self-paced, you don't have to bother about the timing of the classes and you can learn at your own speed.
3. I found the courses to be extremely comprehensive.
4. You can have discussions with other learners or directly with the instructor.
5. They seem to have a very strict process to get each course approved. So you can be assured of the quality of these courses and there virtually is no chance of a bad course making it to the platform.
Are online courses from platforms like Coursera, Udacity etc. really useful?
Any and all kinds of learning are always useful. What is important is to check its relevance, goal and usefulness in the current context of the situation you are in.
Please think through or write down as to what is it that you are trying to learn, what is the purpose behind learning that i.e., is it for your current job, future skill upgrade, learning something completely new, to improve current career opportunities or explore new opportunities etc. Once the purpose or reason is established, the rest of the decisions becomes easy such as budget, mode of learning etc. 
You also need to look at the level or grade of knowledge/learning that you are aspiring for i.e., is it beginner, intermediate or expert level, generic or specialised.
On the usefulness of online courses, it is meant for people who do not have the time or because of the geographic spread people cannot access quality courses. It is useful for a generic understanding or a deep dive into some specific topic, for example, you can do a basic course on AI or do a course to learn programming languages in an AI environment.
Verwin Sabita Samuel
Answered on: 14/5/2019
Any platform that offers learning can never be a waste of time. Every time we use a learning platform, we get to learn something new or sharpen our existing skills and make them more powerful. Many online platforms offer courses that have similar content. So my advice is to choose one platform and stick to it... one which you find comfortable, which helps you learn/ understand the concepts easily.
Verwin S Sravani
Answered on: 3/5/2019
These online courses are available for free unless one requires a certification. I'm familiar with Coursera... the courses are made in collaboration with many good Universities. The quality of the courses is pretty good. They have tests and assignments and grading systems with stringent timelines (when paid for), to ensure you complete the course with thorough knowledge on the subject.
Verwin Hussain Khadar
Answered on: 2/5/2019
Yes absolutely! Some of these platforms are really good. I can speak about Udemy (I'm enrolled in a few of their courses):
1. The courses are created and instructed by professional instructors who have many years of experience under their belt.
2. Since these courses are self-paced, you don't have to bother about the timing of the classes and you can learn at your own speed.
3. I found the courses to be extremely comprehensive.
4. You can have discussions with other learners or directly with the instructor.
5. They seem to have a very strict process to get each course approved. So you can be assured of the quality of these courses and there virtually is no chance of a bad course making it to the platform.
Verwin Simon Tom
Answered on: 2/5/2019