Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MOOCs

Remember when Robert Blake used to call young punks "mooks" on Baretta

Well, dis ain't dat kinda mook. And dat's da name of dat tune.

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses, or college classes taught free online and usually not for credit (though that may change).

The number of online college courses available and their quality gets better all the time. Here are the courses I've completed since retiring. The range of available subjects is amazing and the professors equal or exceed the quality I experienced in college and grad school.

They're not all MOOCs. The classes at Boston University were not free (but they were excellent). All of the others were free. 

Udacity.com and Coursera.com are great places to start your search.

Completed:
  1. Econ 159: Game Theory (Yale University / Open Yale)
  2. Introduction to Financial Planning (Boston University)
  3. Risk Management  (Boston University)
  4. Investments (Boston University)
  5. Tax Planning (Boston University)
  6. Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits (Boston University)
  7. Estate Planning (Boston University)
  8. Introduction to Statistics (Stanford University / Udacity)
  9. Critical Thinking in Global Challenges (University of Edinburgh / Coursera)
  10. Differential Equations (Udacity)

Currently underway:
  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management (Columbia University / Coursera)
Registered for:

  • Nanotechnology (Coursera)
  • Guitar (Berklee College of Music / Coursera)

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Dirk Cotton is a retired executive of a Fortune 500 technology company. Since retiring in 2005, he has researched and published papers on retirement finance, spoken at retirement industry conferences and events, and regularly posted on retirement finance issues at his blog, The Retirement Cafe. He is currently a Thought Leader at APViewpoint, Advisor Perspectives' online community of  investment advisors and financial planners. He provides retirement planning advice as a fee-only financial planner.

Mr. Cotton holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from Marymount University, and a certificate in financial planning from Boston University.

He and his family currently reside in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He loves to spend time with his family, fly fish, shoot sporting clays, attend college baseball games, sail, follow the Wildcats, and write.

Dirk holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from Marymount University, and a certificate in financial planning from Boston University.  He attended high school in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

email: JDCPlanning@gmail.com