Coursera, an online learning platform, announced free versions of Coursera for Campus and upgraded features to address the critical and long-term needs of higher education worldwide.
New features of coursea allow universities to deliver academic integrity for credit-bearing online learning, improve student employability, and author private courses. The announcement builds on the momentum of the Campus Response Initiative, which was launched in March to give students and faculty free access to Coursera for Campus during pandemic-related closures. Currently, more than 3,700 institutions use Coursera for Campus to deliver online learning to over 2.4 million students.
Coursera also includes digital-first engagement tools to maximize learning efficiencies, such as bite-size videos, in-browser programming assignments, and guided projects for hands-on learning. CEO Coursera, Jeff Maggioncalda, said that the pandemic has forced universities to make online learning the core of their student experience.
“The pandemic has been a catalyst for universities to make online learning the core of their student experience,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO. “We’ve grown from 30 universities using Coursera for Campus to over 3,700 in just seven months, and these upgrades will help them better deliver for-credit online learning and job-relevant skills for their students.” The pandemic has placed enormous pressure on job opportunities, and students need to graduate with high-demand skills to gain employment.
Using Coursera for Campus, universities can help students gain marketable skills with Professional Certificates from industry educators like Google, IBM, Facebook, Intuit, Salesforce, and Amazon. Launched in March, Guided Projects give students hands-on experience with tools like Python, SQL, HTML, Jupyter Notebooks, Java, R, Tensorflow, and Google Analytics. Students can learn these skills in under two hours and apply them in interviews and on-the-job.