[Worldkings] Top 20 Online Courses and Classes in the World (P.03) Coursera (USA) : An Online Platform Creates Connection Between Distance Learners And Top University In The World


(Worldkings.org) Coursera was launched in 2012 with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with over 70 million registered learners as of March 31, 2022. Coursera partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. We offer a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates, career credentials, and degree programs.

What Is Coursera?

Coursera is an online learning platform offering thousands of online courses in partnership with over 200 of the world's leading universities and companies, including Yale, Princeton, Penn, Stanford, Google, and more.

The site offers free individual courses as well as bachelor's and master's degree programs that reduce barriers to higher education. There are also professional certificate programs designed to aid workers in securing new roles or promotions.

Coursera- Progress Of Becoming A Global Online Training Program

Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Ng and Koller started offering their Stanford courses online in fall 2011, and soon after left Stanford to launch Coursera. Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania were the first universities to offer content on the platform.

As of December 2019, the total number of partners is more than 200 across 29 countries. Coursera mainly works with universities and colleges, but also with corporations and governments. University partners include University of São Paulo in Brazil, University of London in the UK, Indian School of Business of India, Yonsei University in South Korea, and institutions like Yale, University of Illinois and University of Pennsylvania. Google launched Professional certification program. Google will consider all of its certificates as the equivalent of a four-year college degree.

Today, 71 million learners, 100+ Fortune 500 companies, and more than 6,400 campuses, businesses, and governments come to Coursera to access world-class learning—anytime, anywhere.

Coursera's typical partners

Salient Points In Coursera

Coursera is an online learning platform offering self-paced guided projects and on-demand courses on a variety of subjects. The platform partners with universities and companies, including Amazon Web Services, Google and IBM, to provide courses. Users can earn digital certificates to share on their resumes or with their LinkedIn networks.

Coursera offers the following course types:

  1. Courses: Coursera offers over 2,500+ courses for free with the option to upgrade by paying for the certificate. They are taught by top instructors from world-class Universities and Companies.
  2. Guided Projects: Learn job-relevant skills in under 2 hours. A short interactive course that is taught by subject-matter experts and a choice of 650+ to pick from.
  3. Specializations: A series of related courses ideal for someone wanting to master a career skill. You could decide to take only the one course related to that career skill or the series of courses which would cover all aspects of that skill. There are 1,600+ specializations to choose from.
  4. Professional Certificate: Training programs which are preparing you for a job or a particular industry. Some professional certificates are recognized by an organization or school.
  5. MasterTrack Certificate: Online modules of a Master’s degree program that can be used as credit to go towards a degree.
  6. Degrees: Coursera has partnered with top Universities like Princeton and Yale to provide learners with affordable Master’s and Bachelor Degrees.

A sample of course certificate at Coursera

Coursera’s training areas

Coursera offers a range of 11 different topic areas as the following:

  1. Data Science
  2. Business
  3. Computer Science
  4. Personal Development
  5. Information Technology
  6. Language Learning
  7. Health
  8. Math and Logic
  9. Social Sciences
  10. Physical Science & Engineering
  11. Art and Humanities

Each one of these topics has a variety of subtopics to explore. If you are looking to learn a skill in one of the topics mentioned, Coursera maybe the right platform for you.

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