Reviewing One of the Best MOOC Provider—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.

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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

Certificate option

Coursera offers students an opportunity to earn certificates after completing a course.

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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.

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 get a refund within 2 weeks after the Course Certificate registration closes.

Country restrictions

Students from countries restricted by US are not allowed to take courses on Coursera.

Conclusion

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.

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Giovanni O.C Olakunori

Giovanni is an entrepreneur at heart with a lifelong desire to be of valuable service. He started LarnEDU—during his teens— over 6 years ago as a way to provide free educational resources for students from West African Anglophone countries. LarnEDU's focus expanded over the years and today the website has served millions of visitors from over 90 countries across 5 continents and has become a hub to encourage learning. His hobbies include weight training, running python codes, visiting nature, and creating content for the web on areas relating to fitness, enterprise, philosophy and education. Feel free to read more about his story here and connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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