Sounds interesting. I like the Coursera idea - it's great that these resources are available.
A couple of posters on the Dogpages forum (a popular UK rescue discussion board) have taken the course - here's a thread discussing it: http://www.dogpages.org.uk/forums/in...owtopic=270545
There are several animal behavior and animal welfare courses and seminars available (in Switzerland Certodog springs to mind, as well as the official FBA/Tierpfleger diplomas, Animal Learn in Germany is one I admire - there are many opportunities available ), but cost and language are indeed issues, especially for the pet owner who simply wishes to increase personal knowledge rather than pursue a professional course. There is a wealth of knowledge out there on t'internet, for free. Good for us, good for our pets.
Thanks for the link, Heksita.