In this fast-moving world, everything is changing, and getting updated at a rapid pace. But one thing which didn’t change for the last 150 years is the education system. In countries especially like India, people only care about marks and degrees and not knowledge or learning. Competition is slowly turning into a bad competition. However, in recent times, things are changing as certain initiatives are coming into play such as MOOCs, online learning platforms- NPTEL, Coursera, Edx, Udemy, etc, are getting recognition. Among them, Coursera is probably the best. Why? Read this post and you will get it.
Coursera is an American online learning platform founded in 2012 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller which offers MOOCs, specializations, and degrees. Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free.
Sounds interesting right?
Being an engineering student, I have been using Coursera for a couple of months now and I have to admit that it is the best of the lot.
Firstly, there are thousands of courses, specializations, and degrees available in it which are only from reputed Universities around the world. What I mean to say is that you will never run out of choices. One thing to be noted here is that majority of courses are for Science, Technology, and Marketing background students. But hey, you can check for your choice of course.
One thing which makes the user experience good is the service in which you are using it and, in this case, Coursera has nailed it. Its website and app (Android as well as iOS) both are too easy to use and very much polished. All courses are categorized in a neat way, and the user can enroll in any course at any time. The videos are provided in high quality, and the professors who teach are really nice and helpful. Unlike other online classes, the professors here, always try to make the class more engaging by PowerPoint presentations and sometimes by cracking jokes. This makes the videos very interesting to watch, and students get something to learn in an entertaining way. The customer service support is also excellent.
However, Coursera has some problems too. The main problem of Coursera is its pricing. In countries like India, the pricing which Coursera offers is too much to be afforded by a regular college student. But there is a workaround. For students who can’t afford courses, Coursera provides them with an option called Financial Aid. By using this feature, any student can apply for any course for free by providing some necessary details and submitting the application. This Financial Aid application gets approved in 15 days and the student automatically gets enrolled in that course. It’s good to see that Coursera is thinking about this and helping students who want to learn but can’t afford courses directly.
Another thing that bugs me about Coursera is that some courses in its platform are outdated. This means that certain courses have not been updated since maybe 2014 or 2015. Although this is very rare on the Coursera platform still it’s there and Coursera needs to take care of this.
Therefore, according to me, Coursera is the best and most reliable platform for doing online courses and even degrees.