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Coursera – a short review

Coursera.org is an educational service that offers online courses specializaticons, and degrees in a variety of subjects. Content is made by universities and other (mainly educational-focused) organizations. In October 2017 Coursera offered more than 2000 courses. It is possible to obstain access to all courses for free, but certifications, specializations and degrees are paid (from 29$ for course). Financial aid applies if given conditions are proved.

What type of content is offered?

Since all of the Coursera.org content is delivered by educational organisations, it is strongly connected with academical approach and divided in 11 categories. At Coursera.org you can choose between 3 different forms of education:

  • Courses (29-99$)

A single course is between 4 and 6 weeks and is open for everyone (cerification is paid).

  • Specializations (39-79$ per month)

Completing a specialization takes between 4 and 6 months, it consists of series of courses,  projects based on real business challenges. Specializations are also open for everyone.

  • Online degrees (15,000-25,000$)

These are university-recognized degrees. All classes and lectures are online-conduced. To sign up the admission is required (with some requirements – usually bachelor degree). Online degree takes mostly a 1-3 years of study to complete. It is an equivalent of university studies.

How to use it?

This post soon will be updated with links to my tutorials. Stay tuned.

Pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Content is created only by the highest class specialists connected with educational institutes,
  • You can attend every course for free,
  • You can obtain even a university degree,
  • Shareable certificates,
  • Financial aid available if needed,
  • Easy to use, well done UX,
  • Large and active community
  • Mobile app for iOS and Android (where you can download courses and learn offline).

Cons:

  • Certificates can be expensive for some,
  • Language support is quite limited and depends on community.

Conclusions:

Coursera is a great MOOC’s service which works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science etc. Coursera Apps are very intuitive and easy to use.
In one sentence:  I would recommend using Coursera to
complete unique, university-based courses and think about completing a specialisation
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