Growing Old Around the Globe

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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The world is ageing – people are older and societies are facing hard realities. What are we to make our lives in this time of global ageing? In six weeks, we analyze critical questions about age and ageing around the world.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
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5 years, 5 months ago
This rather unique course is centered around the many questions concerning the rapid demographic changes in a lot of nations around the globe. While most courses offered on Coursera.org include "traditional" video lectures featuring mostly the lecturers and their slides, this course offers students a series of conversations between the two excellent lecturers and a number of experts on the various aspects of aging and the consequences of living in an aging society. I found this to be a very refreshing and interesting approach, which might not be suited for every subject but certainly fits well for this course.
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Caroline B profile image
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7/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 5 months ago
The course turned out differently than I expected but I still learnt a lot from it. Each week was dedicated to a different question such as "What is ageing?", "What is it to be old?", "What is an aging society?" etc. In addition to lectures about these topics the participants were asked to answer this question through a submission of their choice. These submissions were then read and graded by peers. All in all it was a very interesting experience. I only found the couse quite US-centric (e.g. one lecture bored me a bit because as a German I don't need convincing that free health insurance is a good thing) and towoards the end some aspects seemed to repeat themselves. The same happened in the student submissions because the questions often overlapped. For example I almost read the same essay about the question "What is it to age well?" and the question "What do ageing societies need to do to prepare for the future?" I also would ha... The course turned out differently than I expected but I still learnt a lot from it. Each week was dedicated to a different question such as "What is ageing?", "What is it to be old?", "What is an aging society?" etc. In addition to lectures about these topics the participants were asked to answer this question through a submission of their choice. These submissions were then read and graded by peers. All in all it was a very interesting experience. I only found the couse quite US-centric (e.g. one lecture bored me a bit because as a German I don't need convincing that free health insurance is a good thing) and towoards the end some aspects seemed to repeat themselves. The same happened in the student submissions because the questions often overlapped. For example I almost read the same essay about the question "What is it to age well?" and the question "What do ageing societies need to do to prepare for the future?" I also would have liked a few more practical recommendations about what can be done to age better. Still I recommend this course to people who are interesting in this very intriguing topic of changing demographics in the US and the rest of the world.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 7 months ago
This course is different from other MOOCs as it does not involve lecture slides. Instead there is a guest speaker each week to cover various aspects of the topic. The assignments consist of peer-reviewed "essays" of your opinion which I found rather boring. I also found the videos shown boring. I learnt little from the course.
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4 years, 7 months ago
I enjoyed the class very much. The perspectives of other classmates on the forums and exchange of information is always the most enlightening in the class. The class was very well organized and thought out. There was lots of interaction and webcast. Great class.
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