Reviewing Coursera: One of the Best MOOC Providers

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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 1000 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 To Use Coursera

  • Sign up for an account at
  • Search for a course and register for it
  • Learn at your own schedule
  • Get a certificate for completion

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Certificate Option

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.

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Financial Aid

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

  • Webcam
  • 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.

Refund Policy

If you’ve registered for a course certificate on Coursera, you can still get a refund within 2 weeks after the Course Certificate registration closes.

Country Restrictions

Coursera prohibits students from countries with US embargoes or sanctions.


 Coursera is a good choice for you if you’re serious about taking free online courses with the world’s best institutions or organisations,

I’ve completed over 5 courses on Coursera and I’m not stopping soon.

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Giovanni O.C Olakunori

Giovanni Chinecherem Olakunle Olakunori(commonly known as Giovanni Olakunori) is an aspiring data scientist at heart, business developer and educator with a deep interest in ancient philosophy, healthy living, and developing economies. He’s the founder of LarnEdu, a community that inspires and supports lifelong learning especially in underdeveloped nations. He currently lives in the UK after living in 4 other countries across Europe and Africa. You can read more about him or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see his public posts about how much he loves hot Kenkey and Jolof rice.

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