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I completed a 5 Course specialization, Web Design for Everybody, taught by Professor Colleen Van Lent of the University of Michigan featured on the Coursera learning platform.

Online courses can be challenging for a host of reasons.  Learners frequently cite the lack of direct interaction with peers and or professor/ teaching staff as an online learning obstacle.     Coursera does an excellent job encouraging group participation in classes, courses, specializations; providing online discussion community groups of peer students, mentors and teaching staff.   Colleen Van Lent is a great teacher.  I base this on observations of her rapport with the existing University of Michigan students and the care and concern she demonstrates for her online students.

Coursera courses provide one the learning opportunity of watching the teacher’s lectures/lessons more than one time, stop at junctures to take notes, providing a transcript below each lesson video.  Dr. Van Lent’s video lessons demonstrate a teacher who loves the subject matter and relishes the opportunity to share her passion with others.

Most professors like Dr. Van Lent conduct office hours via YouTube.

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I have personally taken over 23 Coursera Classes online, 6 with the University of Michigan, one of Coursera’s flagship University partners.

Learning is lifelong. It has always been the case that most learning occurs outside of the classroom.   The world is rapidly changing and old skills in almost any field require supplemental training and or education. Experience is critical but we all need to brush up on our technical skills to stay current with workplace needs.

Mark Cuban indicated 5 years ago all computer science majors would be better off majoring in a Liberal Arts field for 4 years of undergraduate and utilizing up to date Computer Science (including AI and Data Science) courses and certificates online. Think of the growing field for UX and UI specialists.  The UX/UI appropriate undergraduate field of study would be Psychology and social sciences/English. Some readers remember the days of a “broad-based Liberal Arts education in your first 2-4 years of college with field specializations in postgraduate Masters or Doctoral studies”  When did the University model change?


Motivated to provide a role model for future generations of women in STEM, Dr. Colleen van Lent discusses what inspired her to teach and the importance of teaching technology to empower global learners and workers around the world. She developed the Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding) Specialization through the University of Michigan’s Office of Digital Education & Innovation (DEI) to provide learners with foundational skills to create a responsive and accessible web design. To enroll in the Web Design for Everybody Specialization:

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