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New York City residents can access Coursera courses at the New York Public Library!

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Have you always been interested in the Science of the Solar System? Or perhaps you've been meaning to touch up on your knowledge of Buddhism and Modern Psychology? Well, you're in luck! The New York Public Library offers free access to computers and wireless internet, so visitors can take advantage of the over 630 free courses that Coursera offers!

Coursera is an education platform that partners with some of the best universities in the world to offer free online courses for anyone to take. Their courses span the breadth of the humanities and sciences, and they also offer courses geared towards professional advancement. So whether you've been out of college for a few years and are looking for a more structured format to pursue your intellectual interests, or you're a high school student eager to explore college-level material, or perhaps you are just a New Yorker with a curious mind, Coursera offers a great way to expand your knowledge. Feel free to explore their course offerings.

Coursera Discussion Groups at NYPL:

Additionally, New York Public Library will offer in-person weekly discussions for a select group of Coursera courses. These weekly discussion groups are an opportunity for Coursera participants to meet in person. Each discussion group will be approximately 90 minutes and will be facilitated by an expert in the field. The aim of the discussion groups is to provide a space to further explore the online material with fellow New Yorkers taking the course.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be registered for the corresponding Coursera class to register for the discussion group.

Please read about our current Coursera offerings below.

Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space

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About this class

A weekly discussion group for anyone registered for Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space on Coursera will be offered for this course at NYPL from February 17, 2015 - March 28, 2015 (Six weeks).

Participants can choose one of the below locations/days to join the onsite discussion group:

  • Hamilton Grange Library, located at 503 West 145th Street, New York, NY 10031 - Saturdays between February 21st - March 28th from 2:00 - 3:30pm
  • Seward Park Library, located at 192 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002‎ - Tuesdays between February 17th - March 24th from 6:30 - 7:45pm

"Astronomy: Exploring Space and Time" is a 6-week introductory level course. The course introduces students to modern astronomy. A brief history of astronomy will be followed by a survey of modern astronomical topics (e.g. tools, galaxies, and life beyond Earth).

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Gamification

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About this class

A weekly discussion group for anyone registered for Gamification on Coursera will be offered for this course at NYPL from January 26, 2015 - March 15, 2015 (Six weeks).

Participants can choose one of the below locations/days to join the onsite discussion group:

  • Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL), located at 188 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 - Wednesdays between January 28th - March 4th from 6:00 - 7:30pm
  • Bronx Library Center, located at 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458 ‎ - Saturdays between January 31st - March 7th from 1:00 - 2:30pm

Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively.

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