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Coursera
Overall Satisfaction Rating 2.14/5
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Based on 33 ratings submitted in the last year

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Coursera is a global online learning platform that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs), specializations and degrees. Users can build skills with courses from universities like Yale, Stanford and New York University and companies like Google and IBM.

BOTTOM LINE

If you want to learn a subject at your own pace, Coursera offers a wide selection of online courses, certificates and degrees at varying price points.

PROS
  • Self-paced
  • High-quality video
  • Free courses available
  • Free seven-day trial
CONS
  • Inflexible enrollment
  • Some courses are pricey

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Rated with 4 stars
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I'm delighted to have this course offered on Positive Psychology through Coursera ... I appreciate the format and set up of the course. The videos are very well done. A helpful aspect is that you can save notes, repeat parts of the vids, and you have written text to follow if you like...

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Rated with 5 stars
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I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Coursera. I have loved the learning I have been able to do and look forward to taking many more classes with them ... I don't understand the reviews with low ratings. I have never had any problems with them.

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    Coursera courses

    Coursera has more than 3,900 courses, 13 professional certificates and 20 degrees available. The company offers on-demand video lectures, self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects to help you apply the skills you’re learning.

    Courses are available in:

    • Arts and humanities
    • Business
    • Computer science
    • Data science
    • Information technology
    • Health
    • Language learning
    • Math and logic
    • Personal development
    • Physical science and engineering
    • Social sciences

    Through Coursera, you can take courses to earn a certificate or degree, develop new skills, prepare for a new career or switch careers. Companies often use the courses to offer professional training opportunities to employees.

    According to a Coursera Learners Outcome Survey conducted in 2019, 87% of users who took professional development courses reported career benefits, including promotions, raises or career changes.

    Coursera cost

    The cost of Coursera classes varies based on the type of course, the course length and the subject matter. More in-demand courses, like Javascript and Blockchain, may cost more than courses like philosophy. On average, you can expect to pay the following prices for the three core offerings from Coursera:

    Type of courseCourse lengthCourse cost
    Individualized course4 - 6 weeks$0 - $99 per course
    Special program4 - 6 months$39 - $79 per course
    Online degree1 - 3 years$15,000 - $25,000

    Coursera FAQ

    Is Coursera legit?
    Yes. The content on Coursera is crowdsourced from various contributors. The overall quality of courses may not be completely equal, but many consumers find value in the ability to supplement their learning opportunities.
    Are courses on Coursera accredited?
    Coursera offers a mix of accredited and nonaccredited courses. Some of its accredited classes feature specialized subjects and are offered in partnership with colleges and universities.
    Are the courses on Coursera free?
    Some Coursera courses are free, but most individual courses, which take around four to six weeks to complete, cost between $29 and $99 per course. Specialized programs and online degrees are also available from Coursera and have varying price points.
    Is Coursera helpful?
    Yes. People who can’t afford the cost of higher education often benefit from taking courses on Coursera, as do those who want to receive specialized training in a particular subject.

    Is Coursera legit?

    Coursera provides educational and skills advancement resources for individuals who don’t have access to traditional college programming or who want to improve their expertise in a specific field. Though the classes can be pricey and the enrollment dates are inflexible, the platform is valuable for many students and employees. However, because some employers don’t recognize degrees earned through Coursera, we mainly recommend the platform for business use.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 9, 2021

    I took one course with Coursera, a C++ programming course through University of Illinois. The course was good, and though I thought it went a little too fast, I got an A in it. I enjoy programming, so it may have been too intense for someone who was struggling a bit. That's only one part of my experience though. A year and a half later, when I had looked into some further courses but not opted to take one, I got a call from a recruiter about a tech opportunity. I assumed a coding bootcamp I had recently graduated had referred me, but as I reached the end of the interview process and signed their contract, I found out that Coursera had been the source of the recommendation. I was shocked that a platform I had taken one class on 1.5 years ago had been so thoughtfully put together that I was put forward for an important opportunity while I was job searching.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 3, 2020

    I LOVE Coursera. I've taken dozens of courses and learned so much. And, it's free unless you want to earn a certificate. My favorite course was: "Hacking Exercise For Health. The surprising new science of fitness". Another good one is: "A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment". I also enjoyed De-Mystifying Mindfulness. There are so many courses to take in so many areas. Check it out. Go to coursera.org.

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    9 people found this review helpful

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      Rated with 5 stars
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      Original review: July 2, 2020

      Coursera was extremely easy to use. I took their Intro to Psychology course and found it to be really practical and informative. The sections were easy to understand, the professor engaging and it wasn't a 700 step set up nightmare as I have experienced with other online courses. Given that this subject is applicable to so many workplaces and situations I would definitely recommend. Best of all, many of their free courses are very interesting and useful and the paid courses are not expensive. Give them a try!

      7 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 5 stars
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: June 24, 2020

      Being in a dominant market and the other learning platforms are not as good for the time. They will put into absorbing the information Also influence on the way. I am determined to help people with the right education of the product and the delivery of network services is a great opportunity!!

      2 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 4 stars
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: June 18, 2020

      The course was an intro to IT, which was the first of 6 classes which culminated with a Google certification in general information technology comparable to a CompTIA A+. The course pace was slow enough to complete in plenty of time, and not so much time you found yourself bored. The class was interesting, engaging, and I'd like to finish the rest when I can.

      11 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 3 stars
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: March 25, 2021

      I resent the fact that in the middle of this course all of a sudden I am required to use Firefox--stop the course and take the time to download and set up this program. That's a waste of time and an inconvenience and should be indicated prior to beginning the class. Then WORSE THAN THAT is that I'm supposed to download documents from other people, Word and Page documents, which are unsafe. It's a bad practice, very dangerous, to randomly pull private documents into my home computer. I won't take any courses that are set up like this. But Coursera offers NO PLACE to send input or feedback like this. That's why I'm writing here.

      2 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: March 14, 2021

      Do not give Coursera your credit card info. This is how it works, you sign up for a program certificate which includes several courses. You get charged every month while you are taking those courses. Thing is, you can NEVER get your last grade. They do not have enough students for you to do reviews or to review your work. That is right, no teacher interaction, students grade each other. You pay, forever. Customer service is anything but. They are not helpful and your only recourse will be to contact your bank and a lawyer.

      11 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: March 13, 2021

      Be very careful of EVER giving COURSERA a credit card number! They will pretend you have a trial period and then automatically WITHDRAW $49 from your credit card EVERY MONTH, even with NO USE. Then, they will pretend that this is TOTALLY NON REFUNDABLE. Coursera is NOT A NON-PROFIT. It is yet another CA Bay Area company finding the newest way to take money out of your pocket. I WILL NEVER USE COURSERA AGAIN!

      8 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Feb. 11, 2021

      I started working on a certification in the fall of 2020. I paid the monthly subscription fee. In late January 2021, I upgraded. When I went to submit an assignment, I was prompted to purchase again even though I had already paid. It was impossible to submit the assignment. If you can't submit your assignments, you can't get the certificate. I contacted Support. They said they wanted to refund my money. They said they didn't know when the issue would be resolved. They won't refund the money I had paid for previous months, and I invested time and money working towards a certificate that I can't finish because they don't know how to fix their own platform. Stay away unless you enjoy wasting your time and money.

      14 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
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      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: Dec. 30, 2020

      It's strange that the project (both videos and web applications ) are not available. 11 thread about no access. We all paid for the course but cannot access. Message Ended Nov 9, 2020. No response from Abbie W. **.

      10 people found this review helpful
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      Coursera Company Information

      Company Name:
      Coursera
      Year Founded:
      2012
      Address:
      381 E Evelyn Ave
      City:
      Mountain View
      State/Province:
      CA
      Postal Code:
      94041
      Country:
      United States
      Website:
      www.coursera.org