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Coursera announces "Coursera Labs" for Hands-on Projects

Posted in 'Featured' started by Carolyn, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

    Suffolk, UK
    Coursera announced yesterday the introduction of a new capability which will allow their partners to create standalone or course-integrated hands-on projects using almost any third-party software application. This will mean that learners will be able to work on projects and assignments directly in a browser using tools like Jupyter Notebook, RStudio, VS Code, and cloud software consoles without any environment setup or software downloads.

    The unveiling of Coursera Labs coincided with the MOOC platform's announcement that it has acquired Rhyme Softworks, an online platform for hands-on virtual e-learning projects.Rhyme’s technology will allow learners to interact with self-paced or live guided sessions while simultaneously completing a project or assignment. "Rhyme truly embraces the concept of “learn by doing” and, moving forward, we see big opportunities to use Rhyme to extend the capabilities we’ll offer with Coursera Labs.", wrote Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.

    Above: Coursera Labs
    Image Credit: Coursera

    The University of London has already integrated Coursera Labs within their Introduction to Computer Programming course with an app called Sleuth which allows the learners to immediately apply their coding skills. University of Michigan and University of Illinois also plan to use Coursera Labs for their upcoming courses and Coursera. plan to roll the functionality out to all their partners by the end of 2019. In addition to programming, educators can use the software to create custom applications for learners to practice and apply skills in business, marketing, and humanities.

    Above: University of London's Sleuth app
    Image Credit: Coursera

    "As online learning continues to support workforce training on the job and at home, it’s important to provide engaging, hands-on experiences that enable learners to test their mastery of new skills with the tools used in the workplace. We look forward to Coursera Labs and Rhyme enhancing our partners’ courses to prepare more learners for jobs of the future.", added Maggioncalda.

    Launched in 2012, Coursera is now valued at more than $1 billion and offers over 3,600 courses from 190 top university and industry partners, as well as 14 degrees.

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