Mentor Community Spotlight: Anoopkumar Sonar

Owing to such exceptional diversity, I’ve learned to be receptive of different, and sometimes contradicting perspectives on various topics.

This week our spotlight is on Anoopkumar Sonar. Anoopkumar is a Mentor for Game Development for Modern Platforms.

Share something about yourself 

Hi, I am 17 years old and I live in Nashik, India. I am a High School senior. I love learning and teaching new computer science and STEM related skills. I have a huge interest in online learning and teaching. You could check out my profile at https://in.linkedin.com/in/anoopsonar30

What was your first Coursera course, how did you find out about it and why did you decide to take it?

My first Coursera course was Introduction to Game Development by Michigan State University. I had been closely following the developments taking place in the fields of Virtual and Augmented Reality and hence I felt an urge to learn to develop cool VR apps myself. I felt that the best way to start off was by mastering game development theories first, and then moving on to Virtual Reality. Hence I took the introductory course in the specialization and the others followed naturally.

What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?

I found the content, related to computer science, taught in my High School curriculum to be extremely limited, and hence I turned towards MOOCs for supplementing my education.

It was because of Coursera, that I could access content created and delivered by the finest institutions in the world. These courses have equipped me with skills relevant to solving some of the most important problems in our society.

Which course(s) do you Mentor? What do you like most about the course(s)?

I am now mentoring Game Development for Modern Platforms offered by Michigan State University. The best part about this course (and most of the courses in the Game Design and Development Specialization) is the hands-on approach, i.e. learning by doing. Learners can unleash all their creativity and create wonderful customized games on their own computers. From a broader outlook, the wonderful thing about computer science is that, as long as one has a decent computer and an internet connection, one can easily learn to leverage its power. Coursera provides a level playing field for everyone.

What do you enjoy most about Mentoring?

I get a chance to answer to queries from learners all over the world and understand their creative thoughts and ideas.

Owing to such exceptional diversity, I’ve learned to be receptive of different, and sometimes contradicting perspectives on various topics.

Mentoring not only improved my articulation skills, but also strengthened my understanding of those concepts. I am exposed to new topics in the field of game development by my fellow mentors and the course takers too. I joined LinkedIn recently. It was wonderful to learn about the game development industry in the Slovak Republic and about the country, in general, from a fellow mentor and a connection on LinkedIn.

I receive the beautiful opportunities to form such connections and networks only because I am a mentor. By being a part of a very enthusiastic community, I have developed professional as well as social skills.

Are you part of any communities outside of Coursera?

I am a member of the Global Mensa Community. I am also an ideator at the Digital Impact Square which is an open social innovation platform designed to enhance the lives of citizens of my city (Nashik). This online platform encourages innovation using digital technologies and the community members conceptualize solutions for interesting problems like – “Vehicle Density Mapping and auto analysis for planning parking zones” and many more.