Coursera is offering some great, research-relevant courses this semester, including Game Theory, Probabilistic Graphical Models, and Model Thinking. Probabilistic Graphical Models looks particularly interesting because its content is nearly identical to what I would expect in the equivalent, traditional Stanford classroom.

Though I can’t give these classes the full attention that they deserve, I’ve already found the online lecture format to be an improvement over the traditional classroom model of learning. Certainly, it’s possible to master these topics through self-study, but having forced deadlines has served as an excellent commitment device.