Coursera has by far the best collection of University courses teaching everything from Python coding, to Ecommerce business courses.
What most people don’t know is that Coursera offers you the option to audit any one of their amazing courses, FOR FREE.
If you’re looking to learn how to code for a higher paying job, to improve your skills as a specialist or consultant, or wanting to bootstrap your own business by doing the technical work yourself, auditing Coursera is a great way to improve your skills.
What the difference between auditing a course and paying for the course?
Auditing a course means you’ll be able to see most of the course materials for free including lectures and handouts, but you won’t be able to submit certain assignments or get grades for your work. You also won’t be able to submit assignments for feedback or a grade and you won’t receive a Course Certificate.
If you are a consultant or some kind of specialist who expects to have clients looking at your LinkedIn profile, getting a Coursera Certificates is recommended to add more credibility to your work profile. If not, then auditing is a great way to learn a new skill at your own pace.
How to audit a class in Coursera
First you’ll need to create an account with Coursera.
Once you’ve logged in, choose a subject you’d like to learn.
Notice that some classes are “specializations” where as others are not.
A specialization is a collection of courses put together to teach a subject. In order to audit a course, you’ll have to choose one course to take, otherwise you won’t see the option to audit.
Once you’ve chosen your course, click on Enroll.
Once you’ve clicked on Enroll, you’ll be asked to sign up for the 7-Day Free Trial.
Just below that you’ll see the option to audit the class.
Once you’ve clicked on Audit, you’ll be taken to the course page with access to class minus the discussion forums and assignment submissions.
Then go ahead and get started on week 1!