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.
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?