In the following I will briefly review the MOOC (massive open online course) “Introduction to Finance” on Coursera by Prof. Gautam Kaul.
The course covered a variety of topics in a whirlwind, from mortgage calculations over a brief intro to accounting to stocks and bonds. Of course, none of these topics could be covered in-depth in the short amount of time, but it was just the right amount for a small business owner or for anybody with a retirement account and interest in purchasing a home.
While the format was very “traditional” (for an online course), video lectures with online assignments, Prof. Kaul’s ability to be highly engaging in a video with a bland background is simply amazing. Prof. Kaul is one of the best lecturers I’ve ever heard. The assignments were just the right difficulty and not purely academic, partly tricky, and forced you to actually learn the material and be able to apply what you have learned.
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I highly recommend this course for anybody as an entry level course into personal and business finances and rate it as a 5 out of 5.