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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    Coursera

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    Google Classroom

    76%
    Google Classroom ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Course authoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    41 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    31 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    29 Ratings

    Learning content

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    35 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    47 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    37 Ratings

    Assignments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    48 Ratings

    Compliance management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    24 Ratings

    Learning administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    37 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    34 Ratings

    Social learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    42 Ratings

    Gamification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

    • Coursera is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.3

    Coursera

    93%
    17 Ratings
    8.4

    Google Classroom

    84%
    69 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Coursera

    100%
    2 Ratings
    1.0

    Google Classroom

    10%
    3 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    Coursera

    100%
    1 Rating
    3.0

    Google Classroom

    30%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    Coursera

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Google Classroom

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Coursera

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Google Classroom

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Coursera

    90%
    4 Ratings
    5.0

    Google Classroom

    50%
    29 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Coursera

    100%
    2 Ratings
    2.0

    Google Classroom

    20%
    3 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Coursera

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Google Classroom

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Coursera

    The Coursera platform can be a useful part of your overall learning content portfolio if utilized correctly. It's fantastic for asynchronous courses that don't necessarily need a dedicated faculty member (though I'd highly recommend at least having some discussion moderators/student workers) and for offering MOOCs. The ability for the learners to contribute translations really makes it ideal for the international learning community - I am always amazed to see a course we launched with 2-3 languages to quickly have 10-12 more added. This feature really helps expand the audience reach and Coursera has such a large following already that it can grow seemingly overnight.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom is a great solution for remote learning when school budgets don’t allow for more robust platform purchases, such as Blackboard. It’s free! It’s customizable, but you’ll need to get a small group of users/teachers trained up on all the nuances so they can be your Champion group and help the other teachers. Love the ability to set slides as landing pages for a fun classroom picture. Kids enjoy the autonomy they have but struggle with remembering to complete all assignments if they don’t have more direct supervision. Lots of integration with other tools like Kira to allow for writing exercises and assignment submission. It’s a great stop-gap for schools not intending to remain in a remote setting, a permanent solution for organizations with low budgets that are fully remote, but not my first choice if you have a software budget and are operating fully remote at all times.
    Gabrielle Wayman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Coursera

    • Interaction: the student learns by doing. For programming courses, this means programming!
    • Assessments: the courses I'd taken ask students to grade each others work with a rubric. This is hugely effective and permits tests and quizzes to be other than multiple choice.
    • Creativity and enthusiasm of the instructors. Some of the approaches demonstrated real out-of-the-box thinking by the instructors. For example, the Rice Python course was a self-contained website requiring no installation of IDE on one's computer, and the final project was a working version of Asteroids.
    • Low cost of entry: most of the course I enrolled in were free, with an optional fee for certifications. This really gives people the freedom to explore learning. It's almost like a Public Library of Learning.
    • Coursera forces a weekly discipline on the user with lectures and assignments and this really motivates one to put in the effort.
    Rei Shinozuka, CFA®, FRM® | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
    • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
    • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Coursera

    • Some of the courses (very few) have some old information (more than 2 years), and in some areas like technology the information has to be very new and updated.
    • Some professors or people doing videos are not good in front of the camera, they should train their people a little bit more for those things.
    Alejandro Matheu, MD, MBA, MSc in Digital Marketing | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
    • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
    • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Coursera

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $0

    Coursera Editions & Modules

    Edition
    EnterpriseContact Sales
    Team400.002
    1. none
    2. Per User Per Year
    Additional Pricing Details

    Google Classroom

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $0 per month

    Google Classroom Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Google Workspace for Education Standard$31
    Teaching and Learning Upgrade$42
    Google Workspace for Education Plus$53
    Education Fundamentals$04
    1. per student/per year
    2. per license/per month
    3. per student/per year
    4. per license/per month
    Additional Pricing Details
    Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

    Likelihood to Renew

    Coursera

    Coursera 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
    Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 1.0
    Based on 3 answers
    Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
    H. P. Molloy | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Coursera

    Coursera 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
    Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 3.0
    Based on 4 answers
    This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Coursera

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Coursera

    Coursera 9.0
    Based on 4 answers
    I’ve used it a couple of times and... that did great. They take their time, but in the end they solve your issues.
    Alejandro Matheu, MD, MBA, MSc in Digital Marketing | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 5.0
    Based on 29 answers
    Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
    Rahul Ajithkumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Coursera

    Coursera 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
    Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 2.0
    Based on 3 answers
    It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Coursera

    I think Coursera has the best overall interface. I think you will find that different platforms go in different directions, and have different specialities. For the most part the differences are more in the types of courses they offer than one being particularly better than the other, so it comes down to content for me.
    Donovon Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
    Meredith Sanders | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Coursera

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Coursera

    • The greatest benefit of Coursera is access to quality courses on various subjects that you can either browse or dive in deeply. Customizable, flexible and accessible.
    • Helps our department to recommend trainees courses on this website and gain important knowledge. Also, the courses are provided by big-name universities which helps students in their careers
    • Developing and exploring professional skills.
    Ilia Tarasov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Google Classroom

    • Student engagement is high when using Google Classroom. Students are more willing to work on projects continually when provided a digital platform.
    • Since teachers have instant access to student work, they can pinpoint weak areas for remediation, thus increasing test scores for mastery.
    • Google Classroom also saves time for teachers when used as an organizational tool as student work is all in one place with easy access.
    Tamara Letter | TrustRadius Reviewer

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