Reviews (1-10 of 10)
- 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.
- If you leave the projects for the weekends, your Sunday nights could be a drag. But I list this as a benefit also, it enforces discipline on the learning process.
- I hope Coursera continues to offer no-cost and low-cost learning opportunities.
- I honestly can't think of any serious deficiency in the product. I am a huge fan.
It's absolutely ideal for programming. Today, most programming environments are available for free and enthusiasts can tinker with programming on their own. But Coursera structures that process and presents iteratively more complex assignments to the student.
I found it useful for non-programming. I took a refresher Calculus course and the user was able to enter solutions symbolically which I found impressive.
This helps to make our workers happier, because they learn, they feel they are learning new things, and of course... it adds more value to our workers, which means it adds more value to our company.
- Coursera is very well organized. They are partnered with the most important educational institutions around the world.
- They are very “up to date” in topics of interest and new courses.
- Coursera has the widest catalog of courses, all of them with a certification given by them in name of a professional institution, like universities.
- They also have programs together with universities that allow you to get a Masters Degree and Specializations. (Which is awesome)
- 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.
And for people with a professional degree looking for something new to learn, to be updated in some specific areas, or even new areas, it's great.
And for those who are looking to get a masters degree from a well-known institution or an international one, this is a good option.
- Coursera's courses are extremely good. They are well designed and being a full time employee I really appreciate the fact of how well they are designed.
- They have made sure that everybody gets enough time to complete it.
- There is an active community which is very helpful. No matter how good a teaching material is, you might always need extra help. This community can answer your question. And also this becomes extremely relevant if you are taking programming courses
- There are assignments to test your skills. This is a great way to evaluate yourself. At this point if you feel like you haven't understood something, you can always go back and refer the videos. Most of these assignments can be applied to real world problems as well which is great
- When I started Coursera was completely free. Being a student it was very helpful for me. I think this free service should be brought back at-least for students.
Coursera's coverage is great, they have training materials on literally every subject you can imagine. The only one scenario that I think an organization can benefit from this is instead of sending their employees to offline training session which ends up becoming expensive, now everyone can take quality online training sessions.
- Breadth of topics covered are really good
- Very streamlined and easy to use
- Alliance with academia and domain experts
- More collaboration on creation of courses
- Should have free courses for not niche topics
- Mobile interface has room for improvement
- Wide variety of courses
- Free courses available as well as paid
- Big names in the tech field are providing courses
- More free courses
- Better entry level explainers
- Continued development of the online classroom environment
- Coursera has a wide variety of courses, on many topics.
- It lets the student choose between auditing a course or paying for it and get access to the full content.
- A lot are now run on a regular basis, usually every month. It was not the case at first.
- I once did a course that required me to install a some software on my laptop (a virtual machine to run a database locally). There was little support to do it. I ended up leaving the course because of this.
- Some tests are graded using peer grading. It works well on average, but sometimes it is hard to get valuable feedback.
- The quizzes tend to stay the same from one iteration of a course to another. For many of the computer science courses one can find the answer on the internet which damages the value of the certificate.
It is valuable if you want to discover about a new topic but also if you want to go in depth into one.
- The variety of courses to choose from is incredible
- There are so many different subjects covered, and they are taught by amazing instructors
- I can decide to learn something like DataScience today and start taking well-prepared courses right away at the comfort of my living room
- The problem with Coursera is the moderation in the forums. From the few courses I have taken, many of my classmates were criticized heavily or bullied by other classmates for asking questions in the forum. This hasn’t gotten any attention from the forum moderators which makes the community feel uneasy with helping each other.
- Most of the courses and the related materials used to be freely available on Coursera. However, with the recent changes, some of the courses are categorized into specific tracks, and they are not free anymore. However I am glad that one can still audit the paid courses, but access to the course materials may be limited.
- Some courses are only available on specific dates and I have missed out on classes I was really interested in.
It is a great resource if you have an interest in something, but do not want to take a full college course or go back to college. If you want to stay busy and build some skills casually, this is a great alternative to a college. It also helps boost a resume, as it shows you are genuinely interested in learning new things and growing.
- Coursera provides very practical and cutting-edge courses. I think it's very useful for many software engineers or architects. I prefer learning in Coursera to getting any other examinations or certificates in order to grasp practical knowledge.
- Coursera can federate with my LinkedIn profile. You can show your achievement on the internet instead of some real "paper" certificates. It's great and a pleasure.
- It may be not so advantageous in comparison with other MOOCs, however Coursera provides web testing. It proves your knowledge & skill is real stuff.
- I feel it's slow to load course pages.
Beyond using Coursera only for my personal development, I have recommended my staff to register for themselves, and have even made it obligatory for junior interns to spend an hour per day on Coursera on courses that I recommend, for them to learn essential life and business skills.
- Provide courses for users to improve on their professional business skills.
- Provide courses for users to learn the basics of new skill sets that might be required for their industry.
- Motivate users to take part in continuous professional development and specialization, a critical skill in today's (and tomorrow's) business environment.
- Give users exposure to new fields of interest, that they can explore at no risk.
- None that I can think of. Brilliant service.
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