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It isn’t too early to say that Coursera is at the vanguard of MOOC platforms. Along with Udacity and edX, Coursera makes up a large part of the online learning universe. The numbers seem to suggest that it is leading the pack. To add to their ranks, 13 new institutions have signed up to bring the number of international institutions using its platform to deliver online courses to 107. Coursera also reached the milestone of 5 million students enrolled and now offers them more than 500 courses to choose from.

The new institutes are: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Eindhoven University of Technology, Koç University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), IESE Business School, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), National Geographic Society, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Saint Petersburg State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Università Bocconi, University of Lausanne, and University of Manchester.

More significantly for students, they cover China, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. To commemorate this triple achievement, Coursera released an infographic on its blog which gives you a bird’s eye view of the educational offerings on the website.

Coursera Infographic

This is remarkable growth for a company which was launched just two years back. Online learning needs its success stories because acceptance and profitability will enable it to be a serious, cutting edge alternative to the hard-pressed traditional modes of education.

Have you taken up any courses on Coursera, or on any other online platform? What did you think of it?


Source: Coursera Blog via The Next Web

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  1. Aleksandra Arsik
    November 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Once I take a course from Coursera, it was about Digital Signal Processing and it was very interesting and I learn a lot.

  2. Cameron G.
    October 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I think that adding partners is a terrific idea. As an ever expanding industry, online education is still developing best practices and new technologies to help educate students. I think brining institutions together can only help this development. I would like to see many of these institutions better leverage free online educational resources to innovate and keep costs down. I currently use resources such as, an educational online video library, to help supplement my coursework. I think that partnering with these types of institutions will allow organizations such as Coursera more compelling to students looking for new forms of education.

  3. Liz
    October 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I am taking several classes on Coursera. The best ones are the business classes. I am also taking classes on web development and those are excellent too. I find these classes are easier to integrate into my past learning experiences and it's easier to pick up knowledge or skills in small chunks. It's also easier to apply what I learn in those 15-30 chunks to things I am actually doing at my day job or to my personal projects. Going back and learning Calculus or Physics is just too complicated for my life right now. There are SO many things I would love to learn, Calculus and Physics among them (never got them in high school--was interested in other things), but learning about marketing or web design theory right now just makes more sense.

    I love Coursera. I think they provide a vital service for people who don't have the time or money to learn more skills in a traditional school setting. As a person who has spent most of her life online, I've often lamented the fact that besides Wikipedia and individual websites, there weren't very many opportunities to learn what I felt so many other people got the opportunity to learn at better schools than I had growing up. The best thing about the Internet to me has always been the potential to share information that before not everyone had access to. Coursera is what the web has been sorely missing as far as I'm concerned.

    I would be at a totally different place in my life if Coursera were around 10 years ago. But oh well. It's great to have.

    • Saikat B
      October 28, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Better late than never. I have found the trick to be to develop a learning strategy and take it step by step. Of course, it is very important to stick to one and finish it completely before moving on to another one.

  4. Muvaffak GOZAYDIN
    October 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Coursera is more eager to add partners, while edx is more conservative .
    The beauty of MOOCs is to be elite . MOOCs are so famous since they are delivered by top schools .

    I wish Coursera is more careful to accept new partners. They should accept a new partner if that does meet certain criteria

    • Saikat B
      October 28, 2013 at 4:06 am

      Agree with you there. I hope they don't get caught in the leadership game.

  5. Jay
    October 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm