Curiosity is proud to spotlight services like Coursera that can make you smarter. Learn more about how you can take university-quality courses online at the bottom of this article.
If you've got a question about the world or a skill you want to master, chances are that you can find something to help you on the internet. But not all online resources are created equal, and it can be hard for a novice to know whether the information they're getting is worthwhile. After all, it's just as easy for Neil de Grasse Tyson to make a YouTube video as it is for that odd guy you went to high school with.
University education is generally considered the gold standard when it comes to learning, but not everyone has the time or money to take a college course. In a perfect world, university-level courses and professors would be available online so anyone could participate. That's what Coursera does: for minimal cost, it lets anyone with an internet connection learn a wide range of topics from professors of leading universities. Plus, unlike the "university of Google," you have something to show for it once you're done: an official course or specialization certificate, perfect for inclusion in your resume and LinkedIn profile. You can even get a full online degree.
Courses range from sought-after industry expertise such as data science, deep learning, and machine learning to soft skills like negotiation and management. One course that's particularly up Curiosity's alley? "From the Big Bang to Dark Energy" from the University of Tokyo, taught by theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama.