Those were days, when you collect higher degrees and reach your favorite position in your respected job area. Now a days skills are also more crucial. It gives add-on to professionals. Today, I’m discussing an online education platform “Coursera”. Anyone can take advantage from Coursera. It’s an online platform, so, you select any course as per your requirement.
Coursera is an online education company that serves over 22 million registered learners by partnering with 146 of the world’s best universities and education institutions. On Coursera, anyone, anywhere can access over 1,600 online courses and 600 Specializations in dozens of fields in order to achieve meaningful career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Coursera has 1.8 million registered learners in India, now the second-largest market after the US (as per learner base and revenue).
What is any learner’s problem?
“I need to master this new skill in order to apply it in my job. Are online courses rigorous enough?”
“I spend hours commuting to my job – How am I possibly going to get through a course in my limited free time after work?”
How can you take advantage from Coursera?
Peer grading – How do you provide personalized feedback and deliver assignments to 100,000 students at a time? Peer grading is one of our earliest solutions for providing quality assessments at scale. The grade learners receive for written assignments on Coursera are based on an average of the grades given by their peers – research shows that this is a surprisingly effective, accurate method of grading. In just the last year, over 1 million assignments have been peer graded on Coursera.
Mentors – People love learning on Coursera so much that they often want to give back. Coursera has official volunteer mentors in over 300 courses and will have them in most courses by next year. Mentors are typically “super-learners” who have completed a course and have a clear mastery of the material. They can create forum topics to help spur discussion and also respond to questions from learners who might be stuck.
In-browser coding – So we are able to do written and verbal assignments with peer-grading – what about coding assignments? Coursera has over 200 courses in computer science alone from world-leading experts at top universities. For these courses, we recently launched a feature that allows instructors to seamlessly integrate coding assignments in the Coursera browser in any language enabling learners to practice coding without the hassle of downloading IDEs, data sets, starter code, runtimes, etc.
Mobile is key – For Coursera to live up to its philosophy of making education accessible to everyone, we need to ensure people are able to learn not just on laptops but on mobile phones. Mobile enables urbanites to study on their long commutes as well as rural dwellers who may not have access to laptops. So we have invested heavily in mobile – 96% of all our courses can be completed entirely on a phone.
Offline access – Our systems deliver petabytes of data every month to users. So for developing countries like India where network speeds are often slow and data is expensive, our team has worked hard to build a heterogeneous data-fetching framework to support a seamless online/offline experience. Learners can click on the cloud symbol next to the video to download the video and watch at any time without an internet connection.
Audio mode – Along with the offline access feature, we also offer audio mode wherein instead of watching videos, learners can listen to the content in audio mode, without draining their phone’s battery. This is a popular mode for commuters.
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