Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Coursera is an educational technology company offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University. Coursera works with universities to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and other areas.
The website provides free online courses including Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and others. Each course includes short video lectures on different topics and assignments to be submitted, usually on a weekly basis. In most humanities and social science courses, and other assignments where an objective standard may not be possible, a peer review system is used.
More than 100 courses were offered in Fall 2012. A Swiss University partner, EPFL, offers French courses. It was announced in November 2012 that Coursera would work with the American Council on Education (ACE) to evaluate credit equivalency for the Coursera courses.
Coursera started in 2012 working with Stanford University, Princeton, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. 12 partners were added in July 2012 followed by 17 more in September 2012. In February 2013, the company announced another 29 partner universities. The current total number of partners is 83...
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