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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.
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Awesome tool for teams looking to gain new skills or refine and update existing skills. I love the convenience of using this tool for recertification credits (i.e. PMP). Instead of identifying which classes I need to take, I can identify my interests and have recommendations presented for what paths I should take. It is a really helpful tool to create ladders for my team to transition from one role into the next. I think this is going to be a really beneficial tool.
Read full review Pros 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. Read full review Pluralsight has hundreds of authors that are constantly producing new content, which is valuable for the tech industry that is constantly moving at a brisk pace. Many content authors are respected leaders in the topic they're presenting. You are able to trust that their content is thorough and authentic. Niche expert-level topics are presented in a curated video format which is difficult to find anywhere else. Read full review Cons 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. Read full review Companies don't change technologies in their products often. For example a product that was built on AngularJS is still viable and the company may have no plans to upgrade it. Pluralsight could do a better job of providing new courses on technology that's still useful, though somewhat dated; like AngularJS for example. Pluralsight has a bad habit of throwing all their courses in a large bucket. For example, when I log-in and look to see what new I often have to wade through courses on tools that a web artist or designer would use. I wish Pluralsight would categorize course and let us (their customers) flag what types of videos we wanted to see, or better yet exclude from our view. Years ago, Pluralsight would let its customer download the courseware and that was great. I was disappointed when they stopped this feature. I'd love to see more course where the goal is to build a particular type of software. For example, lets have one where you build a blog using ASP.NET and deploy it to Azure. Let have one where you build a survey application, etc. Learning technologies is great, but I'd love to see courses where the goal is to build a particular type of application. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
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Great product and service so far. Awesome new content almost every week.
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User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
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Very, VERY easy to use.
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I’ve used it a couple of times and... that did great. They take their time, but in the end they solve your issues.
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Each feedback I do for them, I get no response. Minimal communication and followups!
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familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement. Read full review Alternatives Considered
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.
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Before using Pluralsight, staff was using YouTube to help them with developing certain aspects of their knowledge. However, YouTube is much less structured/organized than Pluralsight. Pluralsight has a very wide offering of courses and it has lot of good content. One quick search and we can get started.
Read full review Return on Investment 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. Read full review One positive impact is it has kept our employees engaged in the material they work with every day. Instead of becoming stagnant and complacent, they are actively searching out ways to develop skills and do more with the tools available to them. It saves money when it comes to offering training and development opportunities company-wide. It would be much more costly to invest in specialized training for that number of employees. One potential negative is the amount of company time spent on coursework over work responsibilities. A balance must be struck and individuals should be encouraged to explore the training on their own time. Read full review ScreenShots