I recently started taking another online class, Machine Learning. Like the database class I took previously (blog entry) it is from Stanford. Unlike the database class, it is offered through coursera, a for-profit company co-founded by the Professor for the course, Andrew Ng. The for-profit aspect really came into focus when I got an email offering “Free $25 Promotional Code for Machine Learning Tutoring!”
The first few weeks covered a lot of things I was already familiar with, but I’m still enjoying hearing the material from a different angle. Although overall the course feels a bit less polished than the Database class, I’m really excited to be taking it and I’m looking forward to the next week of lectures.