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    Sciences, Technology, Arts & Humanities, IT, Social Sciences, Business, Education
    Type of learning:
    Academic & skill-based courses
    Course type:
    Short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments
    Courses in multiple languages
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    Coursera is the largest MOOC platform partnering with top universities and organizations to offer online courses for anyone to take. With the most diverse course selection of all the MOOC providers, Coursera currently has over 17 million students and 2,000+ courses from 146 partner institutions across 29 countries.

    Coursera also offers a large number of specialization programs giving learners a depth of expertise in a subject through a series of related courses. Enrolment is usually subscription based and costs £37 a month which gives users unlimited access to all courses. However, learners can choose to audit individual courses free of charge gaining access to all the course materials except certificates and graded assignments.

    The course format usually involves short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments, and connecting with fellow learners and instructors.

    Coursera is a for-profit company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University.

    Tools & Features
    • 2,000+ free courses
    • 146 partner institutions
    • 17 million+ students
    • Specializations: series of related courses designed to help you deepen your expertise in a subject.
    • Capstone Projects: Every Specialization culminates with a unique capstone project or exam that allows students to apply what they’ve learned
    • University credit transfer on some courses
    • Site video tour
    • Short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments
    • Downloadable, pre-recorded videos (downloads don’t include quizzes)
    • Guaranteed subtitles in a course's main language, and some classes offer subtitles in multiple languages
    • User profiles
    • Learning dashboard
    • Forums where you can discuss course material with fellow learners and instructional staff
    • Apps: iOS and Android


    Specialization Courses - group of related courses designed to help you deepen your expertise in a subject. You will earn a Specialization Certificate when you successfully earn a Verified Certificate for each course in a Specialization

    Signature Tracks - Joining a course's Signature Track lets you securely link your coursework to your identity i.e., it proves that you did the work. You'll receive a Verified Certificate issued by Coursera and the participating university when you complete the course.

    Verified Certificates - Verified Certificates demonstrate your achievements on Coursera. In addition to the course name and instructor signature, the Verified Certificate features the logo of the partner institution offering the course, a statement attesting to your confirmed identity, and a certification URL that allows others to check the Certificate’s authenticity. To earn a verified certificate, you must earn a passing grade in a course, verify each assignment (through typing and webcam verification), and pay the associated fee. Verified Certificates are optional.

    Credits: Coursera offers university credit transfer on some of its programs:
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  1. Carolyn
    "The leading MOOC platform"
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    Pros - Largest database of courses
    Wide variation in subjects
    High quality courses from reputable institutions
    Good course format & content
    Excellent social tools & usability
    Cons - The quality of peer assessments can be variable
    Coursera remains the top MOOC platform for the quantity and quality of its courses, with some excellent tools.


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