Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Website of The Week: Coursehorse

Composite image of Coursehorse home page
I recently discovered the wonderful Coursehorse website, which acts as a clearing house for dozens-if not hundreds―of organizations offering lectures, classes, walking tours and courses* in three major American cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (a recent addition).

Coursehorse boasts that more than 40,000 courses are accessible via the site, and I am not about to argue with that claim by trying to count their current offerings.

Some courses are for one-off talks, while others are scheduled across several weeks. Some of the courses are free, but the vast majority have a fee attached which may be as little as $10, while many others run to several hundred dollars. The most expensive course I saw during my trawl through the website was for the iPhone/iPad Programming with Objective C Basics course which cost $3,419. Mind you, this intensive seven day, Monday to Sunday course runs from 9:00am to 6:00pm each day, so some might consider this a pretty good investment of their time and money. For all I know there are even more expensive courses available through the site.

Something For Everyone
There are eleven major categories of courses on offer through Coursehorse: Art, Acting, Cooking, Dance, Fitness, Life Skills, Language, Music, Professional, Tech, and Kids. However, within these main categories there are hundreds of sub-categories that must surely offer something for everyone. Make sure you check out the Deals section for courses that are offering discounts to course participants. These can result in substantial savings if you find exactly what you are looking for.

Coursehorse Vs. Coursera
I should point out here that Coursehorse is not to be confused with Coursera, a site that acts as a clearing house for more than 600 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Everything offered through Coursera is accessed and studied online, while all the courses available through Coursehorse require participants to attend a lecture hall, college, museum or gallery in person.

If you live in New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, why not check out Coursehorse and sign up for one of the many courses on offer? If you are visiting one of these cities, taking a class or short course is a great way to experience a different side of life in one of America’s major cities.

*Note: While a range of one-off lectures, classes, walking tours and courses are offered through Coursehorse, I have elected to use the word courses throughout this post for the sake of clarity.

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