Reviewing One of the Best MOOC Providerâ€”Coursera
Coursera was founded in 2012 by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller-both computer science professors at Stanford University.
With over 14.5 million learners and 1000Coursera courses, Coursera has grown to become one of the world’s biggest, and best Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers.
It has collaborated with over 120 top Universities and organisations to provide free online courses.
How it works
- You sign up for an account at coursera.org
- You search for a course and register for it
- You learn at your own schedule
- You achieve your goals
Coursera offers students an opportunity to earn certificates after completing a course.
Earlier this year, Coursera stopped offering free Statements of Accomplishment (Honour Code Track), to students who complete and pass courses on Coursera.
If you still insist on being awarded a certificate after you complete and pass a course, you can apply for Coursera’s Signature Track option.
The Signature Track option uses your computer’s camera and typing pattern to verify your identity. It sets you up to achieve a verified certificate (now called Course Certificates) on Coursera.
Course certificates on Coursera are not free.
Course Certificates on Coursera are not free. But you can get one for free with the help of a financial aid.
Materials needed to earn a Course Certificate
- Physical keyboard
- Picture ID such as: driver’s license, passport, national ID card, state or province ID card. International ID documents are also accepted.
- Coursera also accepts payments from major credit cards and PayPal.
If you’ve registered for a course certificate on Coursera, you can get a refund within 2 weeks after the Course Certificate registration closes.
Students from countries restricted by US are not allowed to take courses on Coursera.
If you’re serious about taking free online courses with the world’s best institutions or organisations, Coursera is a good choice for you.
I’ve completed over 5 courses on Coursera and I’m not stopping any time soon.