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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I hate it when that happens. I sign up for something that is free, but I have to give a CC number - just in case. Or I have to sign up - for free - but I can cancel within a certain time.
    I didn't have to give a credit card, or pay anything, and signed up for a few courses.

    They do keep popping in a screen that tries to convince you to pay, but if you opt out of getting a certificate of completion, it should be free. If you clicked on wanting the certificate, (which they make too easy to do, even if you don't mean to), you do have to pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    I didn't have to give a credit card, or pay anything, and signed up for a few courses.

    They do keep popping in a screen that tries to convince you to pay, but if you opt out of getting a certificate of completion, it should be free. If you clicked on wanting the certificate, (which they make too easy to do, even if you don't mean to), you do have to pay.
    Clever of them, but I guess that certificate is important to some people - for work, or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Clever of them, but I guess that certificate is important to some people - for work, or whatever.
    Yup. Lots of people need the certificate of completion for work (especially for the business courses).

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    For an additional set of course options, more general music courses can be found for free on EdX (a very similar site to Coursera). Basically a bunch of big-name schools (MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, etc) had some free open courses online on their own sites and decided to combine them all in one site for people. Again, you don't need to pay if you don't want/need the certificate. The music courses can be found here: https://www.edx.org/course/subject/music

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    Many businesses will reimburse some employees for all or part of courses they take to expand their knowledge that relate to their position. A certificate of completion is required to get the reimbursement.

    Others take courses to include them on their CV (resumé). They like to have the certificate to prove that they took the course. Though I never had anyone ask for proof of the various courses I completed over the years.
    There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing.
    You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

    —Lou Churchill, Plane & Pilot Magazine

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