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MOOC Platform Coursera

Take the world's best courses, online, for free

General Information

Best for
Higher Education students, Professionals, General interest
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
Learning pathways
Mobile Apps
iOS & Android

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

Course Info

Course Cost
Both Free & Paid Courses
Skill Type
  1. Academic
  2. Business Skills
  3. Technical Skills
  4. Language Skills
Course Type
  1. MOOCs
Course Format
  1. Scheduled
  2. On-Demand
Course Language
  1. English
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Italian
  5. Portuguese
  6. Russian
  7. Spanish
  8. Chinese
  9. Japanese
  10. Korean
  11. Vietnamese
  12. Turkish
  1. ID Verified Certificates (Paid)
  2. University Credits
  3. Degrees

Latest reviews

Number of courses
5.00 star(s)
Partner Institutions
5.00 star(s)
Course format
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Social tools & features
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Interface usability
5.00 star(s)
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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