Coursera vs. Udacity

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Coursera
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Coursera is a learning management platform from the company of the same name in Mountain View, California.
$400
Per User Per Year
Udacity
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Udacity aims to change lives, businesses, and nations by creating job-ready digital talent. With over a decade of experience creating digital talent at scale, Udacity addresses the global talent shortages impacting growth, productivity, and innovation. Udacity's curriculum, personalized mentor support, and measurable outcomes strive to create expertise with a focus on the in‑demand competencies that ensure workplace relevance.
$399
per month
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$400
Per User Per Year
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$399.00
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Considered Both Products
Coursera

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Udacity
Chose Udacity
Udacity's has more structured learning, practice, and projects. And, that's lacking in Lynda. Udacity uses Slack channel to strengthen the community. And, this is lacking in Coursera.
Chose Udacity
I combined my learning from various platforms and did on exclusively reply on any one. However, the free courses in Udacity lacks the comprehensiveness as Coursera.
Chose Udacity
Skillsoft has been utilized and powered by enterprise organizations while Udacity is more of a side benefit and not requiring much commitment to signup for. Skillsoft has more material in terms of e-books and videos to go through while Udacity is more to use while someone is …
Chose Udacity
Udacity is one of many online learning platforms our organization has utilized to train our workforce. Overall, I would say Udacity is most well-suited for technical training on marketing and IT teams. Courses are very specific and hands-on projects really help give this …
Chose Udacity
Udacity has more structured learning that provides lots of practice and challenges you to create projects by a certain deadline. Udemy has very reasonable prices however, the courses do not challenge you. Pluralsight is almost the same as Udemy but at a higher price. LinkedIn …
Chose Udacity
The courses offered on Udacity were more relevant to what I was looking for.
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Features
CourseraUdacity
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Coursera
8.8
4 Ratings
6% above category average
Udacity
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Ratings
Course authoring8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.14 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content9.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
CourseraUdacity
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(18 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.7
(18 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CourseraUdacity
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.
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Udacity
It's suited well to support on developing a project and following a set curriculum to get things and material in order. Also it has the idea of a nano-degree as the mini-certification to focus on working through a program over a course of a few months. It's more of an interactive course and best for having access for a set period of time. It helps to prepare well for exams but less beneficial when it comes to more applications I find, and should not be used to supplant any resource, but to use in conjunction with.
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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.
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Udacity
  • Courses are very high quality and updated regularly.
  • Instructors and Mentors are available for live tutoring.
  • Relevant projects are assigned in order to keep learning material fresh and top of mind.
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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.
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Udacity
  • Slack channels were a little disorganized.
  • The prices are a little bit higher compared to other platforms.
  • Some courses and tooling for the projects were outdated.
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Likelihood to Renew
Coursera
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
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Udacity
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Usability
Coursera
User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
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Udacity
For the most part, site usability is great. I would say the only shortcoming from my end was when I needed support. Support responses were typically very slow, the few times I needed it.
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Support Rating
Coursera
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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Udacity
I didn't personally have any issues with the program, but scheduling time to review the final project was easy, and the assistant was pleasant to work with.
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Implementation Rating
Coursera
Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
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Udacity
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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.
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Udacity
I combined my learning from various platforms and did on exclusively reply on any one. However, the free courses in Udacity lacks the comprehensiveness as Coursera.
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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.
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Udacity
  • I am already in a great position as a CTO with a great company. I hope to be able to build some new technology with what I am learning, but I haven't applied any of it yet to my own real-world problems. I will though.
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