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Coursera review by Nelson T.
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"A brilliant tool for life long learners."

What do you like best?

The best part about "Coursera" is the diverse range of subjects and topics available for us to learn and grow. It offers someone like me who has a passions for life long leaning, an opportunity to keep learning within the confines and comforts of my house. I can get access to some of the best faculties in the world and institutions in the world without moving an inch.

What do you dislike?

The fee structure lately has grown steep for some courses. Some courses do not offer the students the flexibility to manage the timeline of the course based on the student's requirements and needs and one has to fork out money once the trial period is over. At least it keeps us engaged and committed because of the limited trial period.

Recommendations to others considering the product

"Coursera" is certainly a blessing for people who are passionate about learning. It has helped so many of us in furthering our education. It brings us the best of the courses and the teachers to our disposal for a nominal fee and can be used within the comforts of our homes. Some of the courses can be taken free of charge. I just enrolled today in "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking" offered by Stanford University. This course can be taken without a fee. All the courses offer accreditation and a certificate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera has been beneficial for a lot of my co-workers and employees since it allows everyone to further their education. The fee fro most of the courses is not too high making it very affordable for everyone involved.

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Coursera review by Vijay R.
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"A virtual university where the best professors in the world teach"

What do you like best?

I have been using Coursera for more than 5 years now, and I have learned some of the fundamental courses in Computer Science from the best professors in the world on Coursera. Without Coursera, I would have a difficult time in finding the quality material on various topics in Computer Science. I like the fact that one either audit a course or a complete a certification, I like both the options. Also, the course materials like handouts and slides are of great quality. The exercise problems are challenging that forces a student to apply the knowledge gained. Overall the learning experience is highly rewarding.

What do you dislike?

Most of the courses and the related materials used to be freely available on Coursera. However, with the recent changes, some of the courses are categorized into specific tracks, and they are not free anymore. However I am glad that one can still audit the paid courses, but access to the course materials may be limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coursera is an online learning platform that offers courses taught by the best professors in the world. Hence, investing in learning through Coursera is guaranteed to have high returns. As the Coursera certifications are becoming widely known, if someone is trying to build a career on a specific track, taking Coursera courses for certifications is highly recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera provides access to high-quality materials on various topics in Computer Science. One can build their career in specialized tracks like data analytics, UI/UX design, etc., by completing the courses on Coursera. Also, these days the Coursera certifications are appreciated and accepted by various software development and research firms which is a great incentive for completing certifications on Coursera.

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Coursera review by Dipika S.
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"Nice platform to learn"

What do you like best?

Coursera is a nice online tutorials platform where people can learn from faculties of various distant universities. It has good video lectures with subtitles in various languages. Lecture notes are also available in most of the courses. Assignments and quizzes help you to brush up the concepts as well. Deadlines are given according to the schedule made which provides a good support. Discussion forums and mentors are there for the doubts that you have. All in all, it is a full package for learning online.

What do you dislike?

Courses must be updated after certain period of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I suggest one should develop habit of using coursera right from the start as 'the more you learn, the better you stand'

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As its said there's no age for learning and new technologies and tools are being developed at a fast pace. So here something like coursera comes to rescue where you can learn such new things very easily. I use coursera for learning many things which helps me to stay updated.

Coursera review by Maryalba G.
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"Una página ideal para un MOOC"

What do you like best?

Coursera ofrece una gama super amplia de cursos para el desarrollo profesional y académico, ademas de eso lo hace el múltiples idiomas, como el ingles, francés, italiano y español, lo cual amplia considerablemente las oportunidades de las personas para poder inscribirse en uno de sus cursos y comenzar a aprender sobre nuevas tecnologías, nuevas herramientas para el análisis de problemas sociales, o porque no aprender gramatica o redacción de otro idioma. Los materiales utilizados en Coursera son muy actualizados, y los profesores de muy alta categoría y con un gran nivel académico, la mayor parte de ellos con nivel de PHD, ademas de eso es posible descargar todos las clases y materiales para utilizarlos cuando se considere necesario o cuando se desee hacer una consulta de un tema en especifico, esto es de gran utilidad una vez finalizados los cursos.

What do you dislike?

La mayor parte de los cursos ofrecidos, no ofertan certificados gratuitos y solo permiten visualizar los materiales, sin la posibilidad de hacer los quizzes o las tareas asignadas, lo que realmente limita la posibilidad de las personas de aprender y validar su conocimiento. Hace pocos años era posible acceder a certificados gratuitos en casi todos los cursos pero en la actualidad está opción está prácticamente desaparecida, y limita la capacidad de aprendizaje de las personas que no tienen como pagar un certificado verificado.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Deben tener presente que existe una gama muy grande de cursos a los cuales pueden optar, y deben seleccionar de manera adecuada que es lo que quieren aprender, y saber que deben dedicarle un tiempo considerable a esta tarea. Por otra parte deben tener en cuenta que es casi imprescindible contar con un respaldo monetario, dado que los cursos ofrecidos en su mayorĂ­a son pagos y no ofrecen certificados gratuitos.

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Coursera me ha ayudado con el aprendizaje de nuevas herramientas para el Project Management y con otros cursos para conocer la sostenibilidad ambiental de grandes ciudades, y como los procesos de urbanización pueden ser armoniosos con la naturaleza y mucho más sustentables.

Coursera review by Cesar A S.
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"Imperdible oportunidad de aprendizaje"

What do you like best?

Coursera ofrece una gama prácticamente interminable de cursos y especializaciones de cualquier tipo, que permiten mejorar las capacidades de los profesionales, estudiantes y académicos, en temas tan diversos como economía, manejo de proyectos, idiomas, clima, ambiente, tecnología, y muchos más. La plataforma está diseñada de forma tal que el estudiante o aplicante al curso puede navegar libremente e ir filtrando sus intereses particulares hasta hallar el que se adapte de manera más apropiada a sus requerimientos. El material que se ofrece es los cursos es realmente actualizado y muy útil, dado que se estudian problemáticas actuales desde enfoques diversos, lo que permite ir aplicando lo que se aprende en los cursos en los trabajos y universidades. Los materiales de los cursos quedan archivados, de manera que es posible consultarlos en cualquier momento que se necesiten, si se desea repasar algo o utilizar algún material de alguno de ellos.

What do you dislike?

La principal limitaciĂłn de Coursera en la actualidad es que eliminaron casi por completo los certificados gratuitos o Honor Code, limitando la capacidad de personas que no poseemos ingresos en dolares de obtener un certificado de muchos de sus cursos. Pienso que deberĂ­an activar de nuevo esta emisiĂłn de certificados, o abrir concursos de algĂşn tipo, para que estudiantes del extranjero tengamos la posibilidad de obtener certificados certificados y validar nuestro conocimiento.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Deben tener en cuenta que la plataforma actualmente no ofrece certificados gratuitos, por ello deben contar con una forma de pago en dolares para optar por un certificado verificado. Por otra parte tienen un abanico enorme de cursos para aprender nuevas tecnologías y herramientas que están utilizándose hoy día a nivel mundial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera me ha permitido aprender y poner en práctica el manejo de herramientas vinculadas al Project Management, utilizando herramientas como MS Project que permiten realizar todas las fases de un proyecto e ir evaluando como se comporta cada una de ellas a través del tiempo; de igual forma, esta plataforma me ha permitido la adquisición de conocimiento vinculados al tema ambiental y Geodiseño, temas de mucha importancia en la actualidad.

Coursera review by Maike H.
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"high quality courses!"

What do you like best?

I like that, although you can purchase courses (and earn a certificate), you can also audit the courses and access all the information for free. I have only had positive experiences with Coursera courses. The instructors are engaging, and the quizzes and other class supplements help to reinforce topics covered in the lectures. The lectures are well prepared, and they are just long enough to give a good explanation. Most lecture videos are 10-20 mins long. I also appreciate that all the course material is available when you enroll for a course. If you want to skip a section, then you can easily go to a later week and watch the videos on a particular topic. The lecture videos are also very good quality, and navigation through the coursera course system is very intuitive. Finally, I really like that you can download videos / course supplements so you can study even without an internet connection.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that to get answers to quizzes or have access to peer grading you have to purchase the course. It is somewhat irritating to do the quizzes but never find out your grade. Also, when you first enter the coursera website, it seems like you have to pay for the classes. However, if you click on 'enroll', a tiny check box appears that says 'audit' and that allows you to take the class for free. It is somewhat misleading because it seems like you must pay for course content, which is not true.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Coursera to individuals needing to 'brush up' on topics for school or work. It is especially good for people who already have a job but wish to learn more about a certain topic on their own time. You can watch videos from most devices (e.g. laptop, phone, tablet), and you can even download the videos and watch them without an internet connection. I

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Coursera to prepare for other classes (I am a ph.D student), which ultimately has helped my research efforts. Coursera has helped me to gain the knowledge I needed to complete certain aspects of my research. Thus, it has helped me be more productive.

Coursera review by Misagh N.
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"Coursera is your bridge to your next job/ability. "

What do you like best?

I can decide to learn something like DataScience today and start taking well prepared courses right away at the comfort of my living room! Coursera allows me to do that.

What do you dislike?

The courses are still too traditional, where everybody starts from the same spot and learns with the same pace. I want to see more feedback based learning, that uses AI to understand where you are standing right now (Placement) and when you learned or haven't mastered a subject. I am not sure how but I think if I worked for Coursera I would have found a way so I leave this for Coursera people to figure out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking to learn a new skill professionally and be sure that you have covered all the bases.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I learn new abilities and material by day and apply it to my work or get prepared for the next job!

Coursera review by Stephanie R.
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"Best Professional Development Out There!"

What do you like best?

The variety of courses to choose from is incredible! There are so many different subjects covered, and they are taught by amazing instructors! It is like I am getting an ivy league education for free!

What do you dislike?

Some courses are only available on specific dates and I have missed out on classes I was really interested in. I understand why, but it would be nice if you could access any class at any time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coursera is the best tool out there if you want to learn more about a certain area to improve your skills and knowledge! I love that it is so easy to use and there are TONS of courses in multiple areas of study! I also like that the instructors engage with you and that they are doing this simply because they want to better the world by providing education to people who need it and want it. Coursera is awesome, and I honestly don't have any dislikes! I also like that you can get a certificate in various courses! It's definitely a great site!

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Professional development is easier, I am able to learn new skills to use in my job for FREE, and i am able to continue learning at my pace from incredibly intelligent instructors!

Coursera review by Rachael H.
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"Coursera Review for use in the Classroom and Professional Development"

What do you like best?

I deeply appreciate the free educational resources that Coursera offers. I have used these classes for myself, and recommended them to secondary-level students. They help with professional development for an endless variety of careers and the courses all stem from reputable sources. Coursera offers an opportunity to expand the horizons of personal knowledge, or the opportunity to sign up a group up for the same class and go through development together.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were a few more free assessments in the courses that could help track learning, a greater selection of multiple choice "work checks" would be beneficial in better gauging understanding of the material in a succinct manner as a personal user and as an administrator.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coursera has directions on how to sign up for and participate in a course, however an organization-wide training may be beneficial to show users the full extent of the website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Within the educational psychology field, professional development AND technological skills are critically important. Coursera offers classes that help with both of these areas, helping to boost the abilities of inexperienced individuals, as well as offer a personal-study option for students. Coursera's self-paced progression ensures that completing a course is within the abilities of nearly anyone as well.

Coursera review by User in Computer Software
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"Coursera - One of the best Online learning tool available today"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Coursera is that it offers extremely beneficial learning material at an affordable price. It also gives a Learning Path that is it guides a user to pursue courses in increasing order of difficulty. A feature that I like a lot is the recent courses and inactive courses Tab which lists the courses that a user is currently pursuing.

What do you dislike?

When a user opts for a course without the certificate, the practice questions do not get evaluated. Though I understand it from the business perspective, still some practice questions should be admissible to the learners.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend users to use this platform to learn as much as possible. This is a very cheap and affordable learning platform and there is a deluge of learning opportunities on Coursera. I would recommend users to try out the Learning Path feature. Arts and Humanities courses are also very beneficial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Coursera to enhance my knowledge base and learn new skills. This online platform is extremely useful to get both theoretical and practical knowledge on any subject. Coursera also has courses on personality development and Life Sciences. Users can also take certifications from Coursera that are widely acknowledged.

Coursera review by Sergio F.
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"University at home"

What do you like best?

The quality. It's distinctive because of the broad field of learning you can have at your disposal. Also, the difficulty varies a lot, so anyone can learn, but usually Coursera is oriented more for undergraduates. I even had taken courses that I could not keep up with the pace because of the difficulty, so that's a good distinctive. It's challenging

What do you dislike?

In some courses, the teachers are not that great. A lot of information given without sense. But it's like universities in general, where you have good teachers who work hard in order for the student understand it better, and others who simply and without interest don't like to spend time on making things easier to the student.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's one of the best MOOCs out there, not to say the best. For Spanish people it is expensive but for Americans should not be that expensive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using Coursera for a long time for my own interests. It has given me the knowledge I have in all the languages I use/been using at work (R, Python, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails...). During the time I was freelancing, I was using Coursera to develop the skills I was freelancing.

Coursera review by Peter D.
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"Fill in knowledge gaps at your own pace"

What do you like best?

To date, I've taken three specializations and one course with Coursera.

The courses I've taken have excellent depth and breadth. I've never felt as if I'm getting a "lite" version of a post-secondary course, but that the lectures and material are exactly what I would have gotten if I were attending class in person. Although some of the courses are now years old, faculty from the program are still active in the forums so I still felt as if I were going to get current answers to my questions.

I like the 7-day trial that many of the courses offer. In one case I was able to plow through the coursework before the trial ended.

What do you dislike?

Impatient person that I am, in some cases I did not like having to wait on classmates to grade my work before I could proceed to the next course.

In the case of one course, the instructor spoke so slowly and in such a roundabout way that, even at 2x speed, the videos were intolerable to watch. Even though the course itself seemed to offer the information that I needed, I ended up looking to other online courses with more engaging instructors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If possible, subscribe to full specializations instead of individual courses since you will likely get more out of the courses that way. The "capstone" projects are worthwhile insofar as they reinforce the specialization concepts in a practical manner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm an independent, self-taught developer. As such, there are gaps in my knowledge and few gaps in my schedule. Coursera gave me the means to fill in those gaps -- in particular in methodologies and in related technologies -- without burdening my schedule.

Coursera review by shruti p.
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"Best way to learn"

What do you like best?

One of the best ways to keep a pace with the ever growing and advancing technologies at a fast rate in this 21st century is a platform to learn, something that keeps you updated about the latest trends and technologies. This platform is coursera. Numerous courses are available from a wide range of domains. It just includes all the fields from management to philosophy to technology. Certain courses are paid which provides you certificates too. Simple and easy to understand videos. Doubts can be discussed in the forums as well. Quizzes and assignments are there for self evaluation.

What do you dislike?

Some of the courses are expensive. Rest of the things are fine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend all the students to start using coursera right from their school . It will be a great help in the future too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I try to learn and explore new trends and topics that i am not aware of through this platform. It really helps me to enhance my confidence and improve my work.

Coursera review by Aakash G.
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"Excellent learning experience"

What do you like best?

Courera User Interface is very good and it is easy to find any course and enroll into it. Many courses are available and coursera have very vast and deep syllabus. Faculties teaching are so good and helpful. We can interact with other students and solve our doubts. Coursera from best colleges of the world are provided.

What do you dislike?

Many new and important coursera have high rate as compared to other learning sites. Learning notes are not provided. Trending syllabus are not available everytime. Course length is too short to complete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend coursera for learning new coursera.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using coursera for learning new subjects and extending my knowledge. It is very good learning site.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Great Product"

What do you like best?

I have been using coursera for nearly three years by enrolling in professional development courses. I love the fact that a user has the freedom to both buy or audit the course, which basically means to review the entire course for free. The majority of courses are high quality and the course creators have done an excellent job.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that many courses that I'm interested in enrolling have a specific timeline for completion, which makes it inconvenient sometimes. Also, there needs to be a small test bank with each course to

practice again and retain the material more effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Majority of the courses on coursera are either free to audit or around $10 for high quality content, so I would highly recommend you to try out coursera.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use coursera to enroll in professional development courses which allow me to hep students and perform my job more effectively.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera delievers you the best source for university level education"

What do you like best?

I've taken several free courses there and as far as I can say, the quality is really good (well-structured, convenient etc.) As for effectiveness of the particular course, you can always review(audit) all the offered materials and decide if it is what you are looking for before paying anything.

What do you dislike?

The problem with Coursera are the moderation in the forums. From the few courses I have taken, many of my classmate were criticized heavily or bullied from other classmates for asking questions in the forum. This hasn’t give any attention with the forum moderators which makes the community feel unease with helping each other.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, anyone who is willing to invest time for their education. They could also earn certificates to aid their experience/knowledge for work related reasons.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have taken courses like, "Introduction with MATLAB" for educational reasoning. I was able to learn a lot with the videos the course offers and the homework challenges my critical thinking skills. Cousera also have courses which requires payment. But it's definitely affordable and worth than paying over $1000 on a course in college.

Coursera review by User in Education Management
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"A great way to brush up and increase your knowledge base of a subject"

What do you like best?

I like that the class I took was self-paced, so I could review the modules on my own time whether it be before work, after work or on the weekends.

What do you dislike?

It was a little difficult to stay motivated and complete the whole class since it was self-paced. I would like to see them maybe send out emails if there is some inactivity, to try to get you to log back in and continue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great resourse if you have an interest in something, but do not want to take a full college course or go back to college. If you want to stay busy and build some skills casually, this is a great alternative to a college. It also helps boost a resume, as it shows you are genuinely interested in learning new things, and growing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I took an Excel class, to continue my knowledge of Pivot tables and other algorithms you can use Excel for. It was a great resume booster, in addition to my current skills and I think it really showed my interviewers that I am eager to learn and grow, so I ended up getting a job I wanted due to my interest in taking classes like this. I did not take the class to try and get the job I have, but I do feel it did help set me apart from other candidates when I did end up looking for a new career.

Coursera review by Farzan S.
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"Online courses from Ivy League professors!"

What do you like best?

Coursera offers one of the largest collection of online courses in the world and many of these courses are offered through recorded video lessons by Ivy league professors who teach the same courses to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Also, the wealth and breadth of courses present make it a revolutionary alternative to attending atypical college courses. Overall, websites like coursera are an important component of the education economy.

What do you dislike?

More courses should involve peer to peer collaboration and teamwork in projects but currently there is not a compulsion on course participants to participate in forum discussions or post their opinions on course questions. This can limit the virtual classroom environment of some courses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a highly recommended tool fort those considering a quick solution to studying quality courses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The greatest benefit of coursera is access to quality courses on various subjects that you can either browse or dive in deeply. Customizatable, flexible and accessible.

Coursera review by Prakshal D.
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"Best learning experience"

What do you like best?

coursera provides many courses which are really useful to me. All the courses have well structured syllabus and is easy to learn here. User interface is very good and easy to search for desire course. Faculties are good and their teaching technique is nice and one can easily understand.

What do you dislike?

Prices are little bit high. Some trending courses like deep learning and machine learning are not available every time. Some courses have old syllabus as they are not teaching updated syllabus. Better practice material can be provided

Recommendations to others considering the product

I totally recommend coursera for learning new subjects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are learning new concepts from coursera. It is really helpful

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

I have helped complete over 20 courses on Coursera for my students at my peer mentoring sessions. I am extremely happy overall with my experience with it. It offers a huge spectrum of classes in many different disciplines from liberal arts, to engineering. Also, the courses are offered from big-name universities like Brown, Stanford etc making them legit and trustworthy.

What do you dislike?

The prices for these courses are really high and most of my college students are not able to afford that kind of pricing. Also, there is less student interaction which makes it difficult for students to find answers for something they can't find online and is specific to the class. Maybe this can be changed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best web service for online courses, but you might want to try other software like codeacademy if you just need to learn the skills and don't care about the certificate. But definitely, if you want quality, Coursera is the place to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it at UNT to help my students get certified in various courses which are essential to building a skill set and a great addition to their resumes.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

I have helped complete over 20 courses on Coursera for my students who come to me for career advising. I am extremely happy overall with my experience with it. It offers a huge spectrum of classes in many different disciplines from liberal arts, to engineering. There are always skills out there that people want to learn, but don't have a good way to do it. Coursera partners with teachers from reputed universities (ex. Johns Hopkins, Duke, Brown, etc.) to provide well-structured courses including lecture videos, homework, quizzes etc.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that Coursera charges so much for verified certificates for courses. The $50 or so per course may not seem like a lot for a good quality class, but it is infinitely more than the $0 option with no certificate. Also, it charges you around 300$ which is very expensive for most of the students I deal with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best website out there to help students with difficult courses and build up their profile. A huge shoutout and thumbs up to the Coursera team. Definitely, recommend it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to help my students at TCU as a career advisor with taking new courses and building up their resumes with valuable certifications essential to their profile.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

It is the best website out there to learn new skills. Period.

Also, it is so easy to use and the courses are taught by the best professors from the best universities in the world. Totally worth every penny. But because I also use it in my mentor session in helping students learn new topics in an interactive way with the help of videos and online coding challenges.

What do you dislike?

It can get very pricey for students as most of them who are in college are not able to afford it in addition to their college fees etc. They really need to help students more so that they can help and benefit the society with a greater impact.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you try Coursera it will be really hard to switch to any other platform for learning online courses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mainly use it to help my mentees with programming and getting course certificates which can prove beneficial to their careers ahead because they are worth adding to their resumes and CV'S.

Coursera review by User in Research
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Coursera is that not only do they have a wide variety of courses (everything from philosophy to medicine to data science to business), but they also have amazing partnerships with world-class schools (think Johns Hopkins, Wharton, Stanford, etc). This makes it really worth the time and money you invest in it. Also, you can get financial aid which makes it the best website out there.

What do you dislike?

As with a university, the quality of the courses varies widely. Some professors are highly engaging, and some are incredibly boring. Also, I do not expect them to grade it for people who are doing the courses for free but their projects will help us solidify our concepts.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you go Coursera, you never go back or switch to anything. Nothing can beat this website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it at my job at UT to help students get certifications for various courses easily and from reputed Universities.

Coursera review by Aditya D.
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"One of the Best "

What do you like best?

The best part about Coursera is the interface. Coursera has a very easy to use interface that allows for better concentration and progress. The website is easy to navigate through and is very well organized. Also, the materials for each course are available even if you do not pay for the certificate, so anyone can learn.

What do you dislike?

The thing I dislike about Coursera is the price of the courses. If they could make the courses a little cheaper it would help everyone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is recommended to others that want to use Coursera that you should definitely take a shot at it. The materials are free so even if you do not want to pay you do not need to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Coursera to teach fellow employees about Data Analytics. This is useful in my organization as a lot of data analytics is used and many employees are not up to date with the latest tools and techniques.

Coursera review by Alia S.
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"best experience for e-learning ever!!"

What do you like best?

the best thing about coursera is the that there are so much of choices available for different courses. There are paid as well as unpaid courses available. You can get access to world-class materials from renowned universities and professors.

What do you dislike?

No quickie techniques to remember the tough formulas or algorithms.always sign up for a long adventure. Sometimes, you just want to see the basics of a domain, not to prepare yourself to become an expert.

Recommendations to others considering the product

i recommend coursera mostly to students who are keen to learn something new.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

many of the courses are also available from really named and recognized institution. And the wide variety of courses are available and with incredible content and knowledge.It lets the student choose between auditing a course or paying for it and get access to the full content.

Coursera review by Messias U.
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"Coursera helped me redesign my goals"

What do you like best?

High quality courses, diversity of choices, from business to programming, from mathematics to philosophy. The courses are very well designed and the platform is of excellent quality. I appreciate the availability of university lecturers to serve as instructors of the courses. This gives more respect and recognition for the courses. The courses have the advantage of not being very strict on the timelines. They correctly assume that people who do these courses are busy, sometimes cannot commit to timelines that are normal in an on-campus education.

Coursera offers courses that explain difficult concepts in an intuitive way so that the students understands and applies what they learn. It's why learning leads to practice. This is my first experience of having excellent instructors and excellent content delivery. This has changed my professional goals, from teaching to business.

What do you dislike?

Some courses seem to be easier. There other courses that should be updated. Another problem, i think that instead of translating the courses, Coursera should invite universities of different speaking countries to deliver their courses in other languages other than English.

Since these courses are serious, students who complete successfully should be gratified with a recognition and recommended to post-graduate courses by their instructors. Conditions would apply, but this should be a possibility to be considered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coursera is an educational website that trains professional through an immersive online experience of teaching for practice. this approach leads people to tackle their problems in a new fashion and test the validity of their learning by practice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I started using Coursera in 2015. Since then, I'm planning to create a company. What hinders me now are financial resources, but this problem will be overcome soon.

Coursera review by Consultant in Education Management
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"Coursera review"

What do you like best?

It is a really good software for students looking to get extra coursework done besides their classes.

Also, It has become really easy for our department to recommend students to use this website to get help with courses they want to take and learn. Also, students can extend their course deadline so that they can finish the courses as per their schedule.

What do you dislike?

The courses can become expensive at times which makes it difficult for students to enroll and get a certificate. Also, the financial aid approval takes more than 15 days making it difficult for students to start studying for the course ASAP.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best online learning website out there. And always remember to apply for financial aid.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps our department to recommend students courses on this website and gain important knowledge. Also, the courses are provided from big-name universities which helps students in their careers.

Coursera review by Jessica D.
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"The best platform for quality online learning"

What do you like best?

The platform is very well designed, and works well on all of my devices. The quality of the courses is awesome. Real university professors teach many of their courses, and you really feel like you are getting quality education instead of just some "expert" without credentials.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of anything offhand, except that sometimes there's so many options I don't know which course to start with!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have transitioned from a business management position to a software management position within the company, and their courses have been invaluable in helping me quickly get up to speed.

Coursera review by Suzanne C.
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"Undecided Majors Welcomed, Scholarships Available"

What do you like best?

Not sure what you want to be when you grow up, even if you already have professional degrees? I love the variety of free and paid courses from renowned educational institutions from around the world. Exceptional, high quality and well-developed, these courses allow students to explore their interests and develop new skills. I've taken 2 courses with certificates, thanks to their scholarships. Needless to say, I'm very thankful.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. The good far outweighs any negatives.

Recommendations to others considering the product

These courses are packed with resources, community interaction, projects, and other interactive materials. Take advantage!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing and exploring professional skills.

Coursera review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Experience using online learning with Coursera"

What do you like best?

The best part about Coursera is, it feels like you are taking classes at your school. They have a really good 'class room' experience.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to hate about it actually. The place where they can improve is on recommendations and user interface in general.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Motivate the users to 'stay on learn on'. One of the issues with online learning, which is very commonly heard among in my social network, is that it is hard to keep up even with the social feature they have. Because it is online, it kind of loses a little importance. So, some other way of keeping users motivated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera is solving the problem for a lot of people who want to learn but either don't have the money or the time. For me personally it has been time.

Coursera review by Jeremy S.
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"A cool way to take informative courses on a variety of topics."

What do you like best?

I like best the courses where you are not bound by weeks, where you can complete as quickly or as slowly as you want to.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that more and more of the material is costing money. Not even getting the certificates, but even taking quizzes is sometimes only opened up by paying. I understand you need to make money, but the appeal was the zero-cost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are tons of excellent courses on here.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I need to learn about topics (coding, analytics, etc), I can take a free Coursera class instead of enrolling in a cost-based program.

Coursera review by Emily B.
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"Coursera --a great resource for classes!"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Coursera is the variety of courses they offer, and many of them are free of charge! I find it can encourage you to explore courses that you might not usually look into.

What do you dislike?

Some of the courses are very short! Lots of work to do in a short amount of time. It would be nice to have less work spread out over more weeks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning new skills and trying new classes. I have realized the benefit of utilizing resources for free classes and access to education.

Coursera review by Becca F.
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"Good product!"

What do you like best?

I like the multiple course options! It is also clear in each description as to what we should expect. I like the variety.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of tech options, I would love some more education/children focused. I disliked that not all of them have the option to be self taught, although I understand that may be a personal choice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for professional development for yourself or your employees! It has so many options, including self timing courses for the busy professional, or actual courses with deadlines for those who prefer school!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's more so about professional development! Which is great-- I need 16 hours each year for work! It's really fun to learn more about different areas that I wasn't able to in college!

Coursera review by Alejandro M.
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"Coursera the Best Platform For Online Education"

What do you like best?

This is a very easy to use platform, I think this is very well organized, you will always get support when you need it, specifically in the iPhone App.

There is a Mentor Course, for those chosen that have been good at some courses.

You can find almost everything (talking about courses), of lots of topics and categories. It's simply amaizing.

You can learn a lot, even if you don't pay for the certificate.

What do you dislike?

Some courses videos and documents are not up to date.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to learn via online, with a good quality and in a low cost... this is your platform.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have learned a lot.

You can get courses and even a Specialization Certificate supported by a recognized University around the world with this Platform.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Quality courses directly from the best school and best teachers"

What do you like best?

1. Very good lectures from one of the finest Professors (like Andrew Ng from Stanford University).

2. Scholarship Options (If you cannot afford a course because of its high price, then you can apply for the scholarship)

3. Get a certificate for your learning.

4. Online degree program from the best schools is a great initiative.

5. Transcript of the Videos.

6. I really liked the Andrew Ng's course on "Neural Networks and Deep learning". It has helped me a lot in my study.

What do you dislike?

1. Prices for some good courses are a bit high.

2. Some courses are not updated. They have the same material as they had 4-5 years back. New assignments/materials can be added to keep them up to date.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Strongly recommended for the quality lectures on Artificial intelligence. (The AI course from Andrew Ng is really good)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expanding my knowledge and learning new skills (especially AI realted courses).

Coursera review by Keval P.
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"Best online courses!"

What do you like best?

Coursera has variety of the courses for different area. Has very Talented and Knowledgeable Faculties. It's including video lectures, discussion forums and online quiz which gave a complete solution.You can also get certified.

What do you dislike?

Special courses are available for fix time frame, which is not feasible. Now a days they reduced the number of free courses as compared previously they had. Some courses dose not aligned with latest technology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every Professional and Student must take course on Coursera to improve their knowledge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I would like to learn new things everyday, which will be used in my profession. I also used while I was studying to get good understanding of concept and also to get good grades.

Coursera review by shasank g.
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"New to machine learning? try this!"

What do you like best?

The courses taught by the professors of other universities helped me gain deep insight into some of the topics. Especially the course on the machine learning was quite good.

What do you dislike?

Some of the curriculum structures don't allow me to learn at my pace. So, I have to wait for the next lecture or assignment to begin. Had to wait for days in order to resume the course.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The courses will definitely help you but all there is a lack of variation in the courses, but if you are really fond of the professors of other universities you can definitely go for it. Finding the right course can be difficult but when you find one, it's worth all the effort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learned the machine learning using coursera.

Coursera review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Great Tool for Those Self-Motivated to Learn"

What do you like best?

Coursera offers a bounty of courses, giving you variety, options and flexibility. I like that real professors, experts in their study, are offering engaging lectures and course work.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to review old learning, lest you fall behind in the class. You are responsible to yourself, primarily, to complete your work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I find it best to not exceed more than three courses at a time- allow yourself time to study, review and complete course work. Make sure you are interested in the topic or else it is easy to become disengaged and fall behind in the course.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am becoming more of an expert in my field of study and staying onto of the most recent research.

Coursera review by Mahmoud S.
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"one of the best learning website in the internet"

What do you like best?

I like that it enables everybody anywhere in the world to gain education and knowledge free of any charges and without leaving your home. I learned a lot about statistics using it.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Really I think it is one of the best things in the world.

Recommendations to others considering the product

try to decrease the cost of certificates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I started my work as a research assistant I needed to know a lot about research and statistics and it helped me a lot.

Coursera review by John R.
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"A truly remarkable tool for today's fast paced learning requirements in the workplace"

What do you like best?

I was always an avid student during my undergrad, but during my graduate studies for the first time I had the chance to watch videos of the lectures and watch them at whichever time I preferred. For me this was a game changer. Soon after that I started using Coursera, which had most of the benefits without the hefty price tag.

With Coursera I was able to speed up videos that would otherwise make for a tedious lecture and kept myself focused while burning through the all the videos. In my honest opinion this has greatly helped me acquire new skills without the need for taking any more classes.

Another advantage is that a lot of the courses have programming projects, which I find very important for the student, since they help consolidate all the acquired knowledge.

What do you dislike?

At times you might not be able to see the material for an old course, mostly in the case when you accidentally re-register for it. This is inconvenient since I keep a relatively optimized schedule for doing my reviews and not being able to access old quizzes or materials can be a hindrance for the preservation of what was learned before.

Additionally, the iOS client does not offer the ability to change the speed of videos (or it didn't back when I last used it). I typically work around this by downloading the videos and using VLC in any of my devices/tablets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a try. Most of the material is free if you audit the course. In my particular case, I don't see a benefit to paying for the courses just yet, but I might spring for it to get access to the "final projects" available for some specializations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a Software Engineer it's hard to keep up with many of the latest trends while also making sure you are getting the optimal "syllabus" for a topic of interest. In the past I used to peruse through the syllabus of classes given at different universities and just bought the books and learned the subject myself, sadly this does not scale very well when learning multiple subjects.

With Coursera, I can watch educational videos on my tablet while at the gym, listen to a lecture while taking a walk, take the class at my desk or the couch, or pretty much anywhere whenever I can spare some time.

Coursera review by Vishwas R.
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"Machine learning well explained"

What do you like best?

The coursera is made for students who wants to study the last night before exams. You enroll to whichever course you want at whichever time you are comfortable with. A total independence for usual classroom 8-5 studying. I had taken machine learning couses from coursera, For each ML topic, there was sufficient amount of notes, videos and pictures to study from. The best part about studying through videos is that, we could skip the part of videos we know and could run it in 1.5X, 2X, etc.., speed.

What do you dislike?

The part I dislike about coursera was that for some courses you are asked to pay. well I was interested in building ios application, but this costed me $55 dollars, that is expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yea.. I would recommend cousera to students. if you want to learn machine learning, best site to be in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera offers ATS(Any time studying) oppurtunties for everyone. Any layman can come to site and access any course and study when ever possible.

Coursera review by Matthew K.
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"Coursera is a fun way to learn with your family!"

What do you like best?

My wife and I took two classes on Coursera together: Fundamentals of Music Theory and Python for Informatics. We learned a lot in both classes. I am no longer totally lost if some talks about keys and tonics and she's integrated coding into her Kindergarten classes via the Hour of Code.

I liked how easy it was to watch the lectures together. We could also compete to see who got the best grades on the quizzes and suchlike. The interface was fairly intuitive, especially if you've taken other online courses before or edited/used Wikipedia.

All in all, it was a very positive, if challenging, experience and one that I would recommend to anyone looking to further their knowledge. (Also there are paid tracks if you want certification.)

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike about Coursera was that the HTML5 videos had an issue where if you paused them, they would stop working. However, there was the option to watch them in Flash format, so this was just a passing annoyance. This was also a few months ago. It may be fixed already.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need to be self-motivated to do well in the classes. If you don't do the work on time, you will not succeed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I took these courses for personal edification and for knowledge in future jobs. I know more about programming and music theory than I did before starting the classes (which was my aim).

Coursera review by Steve H.
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"A Growing Number of Interesting Course Options with Significant Variations in Quality"

What do you like best?

Coursera provides free access to top professors from many well-known universities. I've found several courses with engaging professors who are excited about their topic and use the online/video format to their advantage by using animations and links to content that work better than in a classroom setting.

What do you dislike?

I've found some of the courses to be almost comically easy. There are "quizzes" after lectures, but often they don't reinforce knowledge and instead only ask for dictionary-level definitions of the most basic concepts from the video. It almost seemed like Coursera wanted to push more people through to passing their courses instead of creating challenging quizzes that people may actually do poorly on.

There is also a challenge in identifying which classes will be good and which ones will be a waste of time. Coursera sends frequent emails of "We think you'd be interested in this," but their options often seem scattered instead of targeted. And even though many courses have been taught before, there is no clear ranking or review system for identifying what courses previous users liked and disliked. It seems Coursera is going for "more classes is better" rather than "higher quality classes is better" which I dislike as a paradigm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find a class that you're genuinely interested in rather than a "meh" topic so that you're more engaged throughout. I've effectively dropped 3 courses because the topic or the professors don't work for me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Each class has given me some insight into a different topic.

The Human-Computer Interaction class helped me evaluate the usefulness of a graphical interface. This has helped me in my career as I develop LabVIEW programs. It also makes me a more educated user because I can specifically point out what I like and dislike when using an app or program, and I often pass back that feedback to developers.

The Project Management classes showed good techniques for managing your time and responsibilities, and gave resources for creating your own project management tools. While these could probably be found online, the teaching video format is more engaging and I have been able to stick to the techniques months after the online class.

Coursera review by Mukesh K.
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"Coursera is the most mature MOOC"

What do you like best?

Design of courses is very intuitive. Quality of video, blog, discussion forum is very good. Being most popular globally, it has participating learners from most of the countries of the world. This helps in getting varied perspective on topic. Most of the popular academia are participating and providing free course and accomplishment certificates. This helps in being confident on the topic you learned, you know that you have learned from one of the best institution who is working on that topic.

What do you dislike?

Popular courses should run more frequently. Coursera should take suggestions from learners on future topics to be included. Looking forward for more topics on ART, CRAFT, MUSIC etc...

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have evaluated multiple learning platform, Coursera is the best for me so far. In terms of courses it covered, nothing can come closer to it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in Information management area, coursera helps me learn (get high level knowledge) many newer technology in this area. I do not need professional certificate rather I need knowledge. Coursera's free courses are best I could ask for

Coursera review by Rei S.
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"Empowering and Disruptive Social Technology"

What do you like best?

College-level education at no or low cost

What do you dislike?

I don't know how they create so much value

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to train yourself or your employees in the specific areas covered by the service, Coursera must be one of your first stops. The student receives university-level video instruction from professors at top-notch institutions of higher learning.

What makes Coursera different and much more effective than any other self-study course I've encountered is that homework assignments and term projects are assigned with specific deadlines, and your work is peer-evaluated and graded. Each student in essence takes part of the responsibility of evaluating and grading other students. It is a very effective system.

Overall, the courses are easily the equal of university courses in presentation, materials, challenge and work. These courses will require a time and effort commitment from the student, so please do take it seriously.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Applying the theory, practice and technology of data science to financial credit applications.

Coursera review by Fernando M.
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"Backbone of my self-education efforts - need I say more?"

What do you like best?

Coursera offers what I think to be an excellent combination of broad content coverage, just enough depth in each course, with a reasonable schedule. They haven't pioneered MOOCs, but they certainly made the biggest impact for undergraduate-level content.

What do you dislike?

It's frustrating that some courses are not offered on-demand (or more frequently) but that's a small price to pay.

Also, they seem to have just rolled out a new front-end that is 'prettier' but less functional than the older version. In the past, it was easy to just have all videos & lecture slides in one single page. Now, it is spread all over the place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It really is up to you as a learner to decide how much you'll get out of it. Choose wisely.

It is easy to go overboard and sign up for many courses, only to be crushed by deadlines. I have taken the firm stance of not taking more than 2 courses at a time, preferably just one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an IT professional with a strong dedication to self-learning. Since starting courses on Coursera back in the September 2012 timeframe, I've completed many courses in Statistics, Data Science (I'm *almost* done with the paid Data Science specialization offered by a team Johns Hopkins), Finance, and others.

The content I chose to follow from Coursera has helped me tremendously in my role as an information security pre-sales specialist: it has helped me understand and apply data-focused methods to projects, discussions, etc...

Coursera review by Anne S.
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"Pivotal"

What do you like best?

Coursera courses completely changed my career trajectory. Not only were they fun and engaging, they helped me fill in the gaps from my formal education to enable a career shift from physics to data science. I could not give a higher recommendation for this amazing resource.

What do you dislike?

It would be helpful for the professors to post possible solutions to course projects after the due date so one can more easily assess her/his performance. Peer grading, although understandable and necessary in these types of classes, does not always help if no one knows the correct solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone looking to learn just about anything can find a exciting course on Coursera. The breadth of courses and quality is shocking for courses that can be taken for free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera enabled me to get a fantastic job and figure out solutions to whatever new tasks are thrown at me, even if I initially do not know how to approach the problem or how to use the tools.

Coursera review by Haince Denis P.
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"A productive concept, both academically and professionally"

What do you like best?

The short course videos are very helpful and keep the person involved and interested in the course.

The practice exercises every week are helpful to review one's knowledge of the class lectures that for that specific week.

I have completed 7 courses successfully from Courses and have been a member for last 3 years. I have definitely gained a lot of knowledge through the courses and I believe that MOOC is the future of learning.

In fact, my independent coursework from Coursework helped me secure an admit to one of the highly reputed technology universities in United States, and also helped me secure a 6 figure job in an investment bank.

What do you dislike?

Deadlines, I feel deadlines should be until the end of course for all exercises and its difficult for people who work and / or and a part of professional network who are interested in learning more in order to improve their skills while managing their full-time jobs and other responsibilities.

Also, If Coursera could provide any waiver to students who genuinely are interested in pursuing the specializations but have monetary issues; especially the ones from the third world countries; it would definitely help their cause and help empower them. Thus greatly helping the novel cause.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend people / beginners to enroll into the course of their interest and go forward from there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on a research project to build data warehouse Ontologies over Big data.

I believe courses from Coursera will be extremely beneficial in helping me work on my project independently

Coursera review by Sameer G.
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"A great resource if you know what you need."

What do you like best?

The wide variety of courses on Coursera ensures that you are quite likely to find what you need. Most of the courses are of really high quality. Overall, the courses are a great way to build breadth in your area or in adjacent areas. I think it's hard to use these courses to replace a degree, but they are great for the cases where you would like to know more than you do now. I did a course on linear optimization which was quite outside my expertise area, and I also recently did a course on data structures and algorithms for electronic design automation. Both of these were excellent.

What do you dislike?

I would not try to use this to replace a degree course, but it is very useful for the parts where it works well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are lots of courses on the popular topics, so browse reviews and videos and pick the one that works best for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a good way for employee development, but the benefits are hard to pin down. You are just making your employees more interesting and more useful.

Coursera review by Cale D.
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"Free education by quality institutions and highly qualified instructors"

What do you like best?

The courses are taught by industry veterans and institutional leaders, often times professors at well-respected universities. It isn't just some random person who knows something, telling you what they know, these are people that instruct classes at Stanford, Rice, Duke, University of California, and other accredited educational institutions. I also like that some courses offer verifiable certificates of completion and make it pretty easy to add them to your LinkedIn profile.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is a little difficult to use. It has the feel of an old-school bulletin board system to me. The production quality of some of the instructor videos is poor as well. I've had cases where I can barely hear the instructor or simply can't understand them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Coursera to expand my knowledge in various areas of Computer Science. I've already got an associates degree and a bachelors degree in a Computer Science related field, but it is nice being able to keep supplementing knowledge gained during those degree programs with free knowledge taught by instructors from respected universities.

Coursera review by Jeremy L.
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"Provides a variety of specific skill-based training to a moderate level; somewhat heavy on sales"

What do you like best?

I've been using Coursera for more than 3 years. In that time I've watched it grow from a basic platform that provides classes between specific periods, including courseware, grading and assignments, to one that actively seeks to build community around the topics and courses, encourages learners to go at their own pace (by offering repeat sessions of courses and automatically advancing learners who have fallen behind to the next course offering), and exposes learners to a wide variety of institutions and topics.

What do you dislike?

There is no way to rate a course within coursera. Some of them are very mature, very well-developed, and others need a substantial amount of work. At the very least it would be helpful to have an idea of the level of challenge - rated by other Coursera users. For example, there are five or six machine learning courses currently being offered. These differ from one another based on platform (Matlab, Python, R), approach (start with theory or application), and skill level. It's the skill level that's difficult to quantify - a professor in computer science who is accustomed to getting upper-level undergrads may label a course as beginner, while another from sociology who is accustomed to getting sophomores with no programming background may label a course as advanced, but these could really provide an identical experience.

The sales-side is fairly heavy. If you want to sign up for a course for free (Audit it), sometimes you have to dig to find that as an option.

Lastly, there are no links within the sequence pages to find individual courses. Truth be told, I'm not going to shell out $495 for a 6-course sequence until I've completed at least one course and have a taste for the teaching style, methods and subject areas. There are series I've begun in earnest only to find I didn't enjoy the approach, or found that it was a language I was interested in but the focus for application was not what I was looking for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time to shop out courses and allow yourself to watch a few lectures before making a decision as to whether you'd want to delve in and take the course, for credit or for audit. There are multiple courses for some subject areas, and there are courses offered multiple times per year.

Also, give yourself the time to make an actual committment. I often see folks get frustrated when they commit an hour to a course that asks for 5 and probably took 9 or 10 because a video needed to be re-watched or an assignment didn't make sense the first time through. If you try to rush through it you're really just cheating yourself.

Before deciding whether to pay for a class, ask:

- Will this help my career?

- Is there sufficient content?

- Do i want to support this professor, school, course or platform?

The honest truth is, I don't know how much of a $79 course fee the prof actually sees. I hope it's a good chunk. I'd actually not mind going to a subscription-based method where I pay $200/year and get unlimited courses. I would pay that. I don't think I'd pay $100 per course.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I've sought answers for on Coursera have ranged from QA and program evaluation to process mapping to database interaction. I could not have had the start I did in my most recent job without the (now-discontinued) course on Database Systems taught by Jennifer Widom, nor would I be as far along as I am in learning R or Python. I also found UCSD's course on Big Data very helpful as we try to set up a localized hadoop cluster.

On a personal level I'm exploring where I belong in this Big Profitable Amorphous Thing Called Data Science. I think that's the technical name :-) The variety of offerings on Coursera for Data Science seem to drive a LOT of the site's traffic and participation.

Coursera review by Debajit G.
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"Great courses to get you started but does not offer the depth "

What do you like best?

The breadth of topics that are covered.

What do you dislike?

Some topics lack the depth they need to be at. Also, there is a lot of inconsistency in the quality of lectures - some instructors do a good job navigating the level of details needed, given that not all students would have the same background whereas you would need prior knowledge with the subject to get through the course work and assignment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Review the course curriculum prior to enrolling - read the reviews. If you want more depth on any course topic, be sure to supplement the lectures with additional reading. It is important to keep in mind that most of these courses will just give you a basic level of familiarity with a topic or tool - the onus is on you to build on that. The courses is not an alternative to a regular degree program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since I have taken courses with which I have prior academic and professional background, I did not solve any new problems. What Coursera helped me with was getting me started on newer tools (e.g. open source technologies) that opened up possibilities for me to experiment with solving the problem in different ways.

Coursera review by Benjamin K.
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"So much return for so little investment"

What do you like best?

Accessibility from anywhere at any time

What do you dislike?

Lacking advanced courses as it is usually undergraduate level

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for continuous training, it is a very good platform to improve your knowledge in many different fields. The quality of the content will vary upon the universities and professors giving the courses. It has a PC and a mobile version, very useful if you want to use your connecting time to learn. Courses are free if your not chasing certificates, and not very expensive otherwise, compared to traditional professional trainings. However, a majority of the courses are entry or undergraduate level. You will be limited if looking for advanced knowledge in your field of expertise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Coursera both for my current work and for personal interests in fields I am not directly working in, though still related to my background (engineering).

Coursera keeps me updated with mew methods and techniques, essentially in data processing. It also gives a good portrait of what the new trends are and broadens my engineering knowledge (e.g. in electronics, programming, embedded systems...).

Coursera review by Leif K.
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"Coursera is extremely valuable for learning new skills"

What do you like best?

I have completed over 20 courses on Coursera and I am extremely happy overall with my experience with it. Coursera offers a huge spectrum of classes in many different disciplines from liberal arts, to engineering, to business there is something for everyone. There are always skills out there that people want to learn, but don't have a good way to do it. Coursera partners with teachers from well known Universities (ex. Johns Hopkins, Duke, Brown, etc.) to provide well structured courses including lecture videos, homework, quizzes, exams, due dates, grading, and forums to ask and answer questions about the course content. The combination of having a lot of quality content and good structure to the courses makes Coursera a great way to learn. Given all this, the best part about Coursera is that it is FREE. You don't have to pay a penny to use it. Of course they offer verified certificates indicating you personally took each course you say you did, which you have to pay a fee for (~$50). This could be good for a resume, but you can learn absolutely everything in all the courses for $0 if you choose to.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that Coursera charges so much for verified certificates for courses. The $50 or so per course may not seem like a lot for a good quality class, but it is infinitely more than the $0 option with no certificate. I love Coursera so much I would consider giving back something like $10 per course, but $50 is just too much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it, there is no cost to you and you can always drop a course if it isn't for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've spent a lot of time trying to learn more about Biology and Big Data since that wasn't my in background from college. Aside from gaining a wealth of knowledge about biology, along the way I've picked up Python programming and data analysis skills that have directly helped me do my current job, which is in engineering.

Coursera review by Brian N.
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"Good Place for Knowledge and Skills"

What do you like best?

The sheer variety of topics that one can consume, is breath taking. Yes I said consume, one can consume knowledge but in this case it is not a bad thing.

This access has allowed those who do not have time, money, or means to go to universities of the caliber found at Coursera. The community is very diverse from all over the world giving varying insight and knowledge that helps the learning process a great deal.

I am enjoying the new on demand courses and it seems these are growing. This is a good thing for those whose lives can get very busy. I also like the specializations certificates they have begun this can give a person a good start in a number of areas.

What do you dislike?

The only thing so far I have issue with is the discussion fora can get noisy. So one must be very selective in taking part or you will be overwhelm with responses. Though I have not personally had any issues I have seen a few fora get rude. This is dealt with but this seems to be the price one must pay in these types of environs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pace yourself. Just because it is online does not mean you cannot get overwhelm by the workload. Start off with one or two courses to get a feel for the pacing of the learning. Once you got a grasp jump in fully and enjoy. If you can afford to purchase the certificates I strongly recommend you do so adds an extra incentive to complete you coursework. Do not limit yourself to what you know but do things you have never tried.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This product is a good means to broaden individual and company knowledge base. Staff developmental needs require unique solutions and Corusera offers a great solution. Beyond just business needs it offers the chance for individuals to improve themselves makes for a better environment.

Coursera review by Tianhao L.
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"Best self-taught way to get exposure to a new field"

What do you like best?

1. Amazing faculty dedicated to creating easy-to-follow videos

2. Various topics at different levels

3. Topics cover both theoretical (mathematics, algorithms) and practical (coding in different languages)

What do you dislike?

If a course already ended, it won't reflect a completion even I finish the homework and exams at self-pace. In those situations, it's hard to show that I have the relevant knowledge/skills without a certificate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest that people take several courses simultaneously in different fields. That sort of mimics a college/university pace. Also I would recommend people take courses at different levels, so that he or she both has confidence-building courses and also gets to challenge oneself in a relatively complex field. For example, I took 3 different classes in machine learning, algorithm and programming in scala. They cover different fields and are of various levels. That experience for me maximized my take-away from Coursera as a platform in a relatively short amount of time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For enhancing my knowledge in data science, especially in fields such as machine learning, graphical models, natural language processing, convex optimization, etc.

Benefits were abundant as I started with basic introductory courses that gave me a good feeling of what machine learning is, and then advanced classes such as graphical models show me the elegance of the models and concrete coding homeworks to truly help me grasp the gists.

Coursera review by Alex H.
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"Democratizing Education One Course At a Time"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Coursera is that not only do they have a wide variety of courses (everything from philosophy to medicine to data science to business), but they also have amazing partnerships with world-class schools (think Johns Hopkins, Wharton, Stanford, etc). For low or no cost, you can learn from experts in the field and get valuable skills that you can apply in your professional or extracurricular interests.

What do you dislike?

As with a university, the quality of the courses varies widely. Some professors are highly engaging, and some are incredibly boring. Some courses contain engaging contents and real-world examples, and some contain only theoretical scenarios that have no direct applications or takeaways.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Many of the courses have free previews, so feel free to try out a course.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work on a variety of data analysis, business process improvement, and marketing material creation. I've taken Marketing through Wharton, Data Analysis through Johns Hopkins, and Social Psychology through Wesleyan, and applied many of the principles I've learned to create marketing campaigns and write compelling marketing copy, analyze data, and analyze and improve business operations.

Coursera review by Usman Ehtesham G.
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

Being taught by amazing professors from top universities within the comfort of your own homes. Lectures are later archived so we can have access to them later. Access to lectures from any device so I listen to them when I am travelling. Variety in courses is amazing as through Coursera, I did courses in Data Structures & Algorithms, learnt Python (which is now my favorite programming language), Data Science and Machine Learning. Another one of the best parts is definitely the fact that we are allowed to take the courses for free.

What do you dislike?

I understand that Specializations are provided in Coursera as a means for them to earn money too, but I would still hope they would give access to Capstone projects; I do not expect them to grade it for people who are doing the courses for free but their projects will help us solidify our concepts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning new languages, learning new concepts, learning about new fields in software and doing all of this with an option to do the courses for free.

Coursera review by Cory J.
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"Used this service to learn many new skills"

What do you like best?

That you can do all of these amazing courses taught by top notch professors for FREE. They have a very extensive list of courses and offer so many options for anybody who wants to learn. I have used this site for financial courses, computer programming, and for learning and using statistical software. Also the specialization packages they offer are very cool, such as the data science courses.

What do you dislike?

I cannot say anything bad about this service. The customer service has always been amazing, the courses are always taught very well. The material that goes with the courses is great. I have always had good experiences with this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product for learning a new skill or just brushing up on a skill you already have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have saved a lot of money buy not having to go to conferences to learn new skills. Coursera is a great tool that has expanded the continued learning at our company, we have even used it for training in certain situations.

Coursera review by Lauren M.
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"Most Amazing Thing Ever!"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Coursera is that it is FREE! The next best thing is the sheer number of classes they offer. I have taken classes in education, nutrition, finance, computer programming, as well as music appreciation. The classes are of high quality and from accredited universities and colleges. The instructors are passionate about on-line learning, as well as MOOCs. The people who take the classes are from all over the world and they enjoy contributing to the discussion boards and engaging in dialogue about class materials which can be very helpful to everyone's understanding of the subject matter.

What do you dislike?

There is a slightly annoying pop-up between videos which asks you to purchase a "verified certificate", but if I wanted to use the course for job advancement, it would not be annoying. Some people find that because the assignments are often "peer-reviewed" that they do not receive the grades they feel they deserve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are wanting a college course experience, they do have classes that can be taken in succession, but you have to know if your company will accept these courses as legitimate. You do not get credit for the classes, per say.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a teacher and most of the classes that I take are new learning about education and new ideas for the classroom. I have learned a lot about organization, new frontiers in my field and even about nutrition (just for fun!).

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Great variety of courses "

What do you like best?

The variety of courses, the structure and the user experience. I also like the peer to peer review which brings some external opinion of our work.

What do you dislike?

Some courses need updating. They are good but compared to other platforms that deliver high quality videos, some of the courses could do with a refresh. Also the length of the videos. Having shorter, snappier videos would help I think with accompanying text.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Freemium model can be a little intrusive and offputting but the quality and variety of courses is worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've managed to upskill in my field

Coursera review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Coursea is the best online learning platform yet"

What do you like best?

I like that there is a large selection of courses available to chose from, and the resources are quite detailed. If I need assistance with anything I can reach out to the help desk and they are happy to assist

What do you dislike?

Coursera doesn't offer courses in Robotics Process Automation (RPA). I needed this for my work however they did not offer it and thus I had to go to another company. Their selection in mega/emerging trend topics is some-what limited.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera has lots to offer on Big Data analytics. We are solving the challenge of switching over to big data platform from our old silo'ed and static databases. Coursera has plenty of useful information in that respect.

Coursera review by Barry W.
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"Excellent Place to Learn Anything"

What do you like best?

They have the absolute best coverage of subjects. If you want to learn something online without the hassle of leaving your home, this is the place to go. Their courses are comprehensive and in-depth.

What do you dislike?

I did not dislike anything about Coursera. Some classes were more expensive than others, but that all depends on the complexity/demand of the topic being covered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It served as a refresher course for those of us who had not coded in specific languages recently.

Coursera review by Anisha B.
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"Coursera online courses"

What do you like best?

It is highly interactive. I get help from the forum and all my questions get addressed properly. The best feature is the flexibility to change sessions with all the previous work saved.

What do you dislike?

The quizzes in some courses are not the hardest problem sets and I find them very generic. Again, I am stating this based on the two courses that I have taken so my dataset is small.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need machine learning and use of Matlab and python for work. I had never taken these classes in school so Coursera has proven to be pretty helpful

Coursera review by Manjunath B.
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"Great platform to add a few new skills"

What do you like best?

Ability to learn from your desk at your own convenience

What do you dislike?

The new subscription model isn't in favor of users. I take a longer time to complete courses because of other commitments and I would spend more with the new model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Certifications are good and need commitment. Feel free to learn and get certified if you need it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning new skills

Coursera review by Anshul G.
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"Up scaled my career growth and helped me in understanding concepts in depth "

What do you like best?

1. Good quality content available free of cost and at whatever time required.

2. Forum discussions to have in class experience

3. Signature track to upgrade CV value

What do you dislike?

1. Lots of courses on same topic

2. Inability for connect with other participants on a visual platform

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient in the beginning and focus on completing few courses.

Use forums to max to understand how others are interpreting the same content.

Join a course in local group and have discussions to improve the understanding of concepts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business Problems

1. Improve knowledge about data science

2. Get connections in data science community

Benefits

1. I have completed 2 full courses and keep referring to others as and when required

2. I have made good connections via Coursera group on Linkedin

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Great experience with data science course"

What do you like best?

The interface is very easy to navigate and they pack a lot of information into each course.

What do you dislike?

The cost is a bit expensive and the subscription renews if you don't remember to cancel/change it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend Coursera. It is easy to use, has a lot of beneficial tools, and can be done around any schedule.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am learning data science to be able to condense large amounts of data into a manageable result. This has benefits in almost any career.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Useful for Self-Motivated Learners"

What do you like best?

I appreciated the inclusion of courses from well-respected universities and professors, which made me feel like i was getting more value than if it would have been from places I had never heard of, or even just by Coursera staff.

What do you dislike?

I am not a huge fan of forums as the main form of communication between classmates. It did not create a sense of group-learning for me; it just felt like another task to check off the list. I would rather either be a completely independent learner or be engaged in meaningful learning with others beyond a requirement to post/respond a certain number of times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think this could be an okay option for employers looking to offer education opportunities for their employees, but I think that it would need some kind of oversight or reinforcement. Perhaps companies could sign people up for certain classes in cohorts, so they can add an element of in-person engagement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera definitely solves a problem for self-motivated learners who are looking for an inexpensive option to engage in ongoing education or pick up specific skills. I learned I am not in that category. While using Coursera, I would watch the videos but not follow through on assignments, because I was more interested in the general knowledge for myself - as if I was reading a book. For truly engaged learning, I've found on-campus, classroom experiences to be best for me.

Coursera review by Marlee P.
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"Great tool for self-motivated learning"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the variety of classes offer and the structure of the programs. All of the programs are conducted with high levels of professionalism, and make learning outcomes easy to achieve and understand. The platform itself is also very user friendly.

What do you dislike?

The costs associated with the classes can be somewhat prohibitive for self-motivated learning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Coursera to supplement my own professional development and content knowledge. It has also been useful when improving my own writing, and picking up new skills/knowledge in personal interest areas.

Coursera review by User in Financial Services
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"Great way of learning"

What do you like best?

The way of accessing the courses and delivering the tasks was very easy. I could have subtitles in videos and download them for offline use. The forums were active. The course was good quality and useful. Lots of courses and a fair free use.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really, I don't like very much the way they charge you. It's not per course but per subscription. Since I wanted to do only one course, it felt expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a lot of courses at the same time, make your money worth it :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to do at all times, easy to access. I wanted to learn HTML CSS and do tasks. I loved the idea that I had to review also my peers work.

Coursera review by User in Semiconductors
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"Experience on Coursera"

What do you like best?

The varied style of teaching, broad but engaging overviews on subjects, quizzes, peer participation and interactions through forums and of course homeworks. These I find the best features to keep me motivated. The fact that education is free in this form is a Utopian's dream!

What do you dislike?

Depending on the instructor, it is easy to loose interest in some courses. Either because the material assumes more prior knowledge than stated or because the subject matter is too focused,

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend Coursera for getting a thorough overview on a diverse range of topics. These serve not only to educate but also to whet one's appetite and help one learn one's strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on the subject matter that one is strong would undoubtedly help in the workplace and other areas of life!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of the courses I have taken have been on data science and analytics geared toward making a transition in my workplace. Benefit - I have been able to change my role in my workplace that better uses the skill set acquired through all the learning on Coursera!

Coursera review by User in Internet
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"Good way to improve your knowledge or specialize."

What do you like best?

There are many available courses to choose from and it is very easy to join a course. I also like the idea of specializations.

You can download studying materials. Those are often available on multiple format and you can study on the go.

You can add course badges on your LinkedIn. I am not sure how efficient would be that, but I believe it's a good feature.

Courses are free. If you need a certification you can go to paid option, but you could be eligible for free tuition.

What do you dislike?

Peer review are great, but would be good to have also teacher reviews.

Sometimes texts don't match slides or videos, but are fair.

Sometimes videos are longer than necessary and I got the impression that courses are rarely revised or improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's not the only available option to learn online, but worths to be considered.

You can follow a course and learn whatever you want (among the courses it offers). There are paid option, but you're not forced to pay.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to learn more about Data Science and R and I found a specialization about that.

I learnt a lot of things both theoretically and practically. Of course, given the subject, learning doesn't stops with the end of courses, but you're supposed to continue on your own.

Coursera review by David P.
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"Coursera for finance, computer science, and data science"

What do you like best?

There is a wide variety of subject matter and courses to choose from, in particular courses on the same topic from multiple universities, which may not duplicate material and so complement each other nicely. Many (but not all) courses are tailored to an online setting and well suited to a wide audience without sacrificing challenging material. Other courses are essentially identical to (or held concurrently with) actual university courses, which is useful when you already have background in the subject - there are even some phd-level courses.

What do you dislike?

Some courses are poorly presented - the instructor fails to engage effectively (some of them just read off notes), or it feels like the instructor is failing to explain the theory or background underpinning what is being taught. This isn't really a failing on Coursera's part, since it happens all the time in an actual university setting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can be helpful to try multiple courses at once on the same subject, since they may take very different approaches or in some cases teach different material.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Coursera to train myself in finance and computer science, which helped me find a job at a financial software company.

Coursera review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"I took several courses on Coursera and I completed almost all of them."

What do you like best?

I think it really depends on the single courses. But speaking from a platform point of view, I like how it is organized, the possibility to have perform coding tests, the ability to play the video faster, the fact that, when I took the courses, there was a really wide amount of alternatives of topics I care about on the platform.

What do you dislike?

The fact that right now there are not as many courses I'm interested in, the fact the interesting ones are all accessible only after payment (before everything was free) and the fact that the involved institutions are not the ones I care the most.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can find courses you care about (you probably will), then have no fear in taking them, the platform will support you as long as you follow the schedule. If the courses you care about are behind a paywall, then think twice about paying for them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The reason I took the courses was that I wanted to have an introduction on several close fields, and I got really satisfied with what was available on courser at that time.

Coursera review by Tayná M.
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"Great plataform, but expensive"

What do you like best?

It has great courses from top institutions, like renowned universities. And has great exercices with great feedbacks

What do you dislike?

It is too expensive, you don't get teachers feedback usually and you can take some payed courses, but you can't make the activities, and that a bummer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to spend.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am improving my curriculum and skills for my freelance work. The courses, even the ones you can't make the exercises, are really good and give a great learning for who is taking the classes.

Coursera review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Course review of Statistics: Making Sense of Data"

What do you like best?

The format and flexibility were very suitable to my needs. With a busy work schedule and many family activities during the evenings and weekends, the available time to actually view the course is inconsistent. Coursera allowed me to view the lessons at my convenience matching my schedule.

The instructors were excellent, making the material interesting and fun to watch and learn.

What do you dislike?

Some of the questions on the exams were difficult to tie into the lesson conducted.

Some of the deadlines were a challenge to manage with my schedule but the time-frames were clearly stated from the beginning. I knew that there would be weeks where things would get rushed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try it. If you are unsure about a topic and don't want to make a huge initial investment in terms of money and time (driving to and attending official classroom based courses), then this is an excellent medium to accomplish these goals. I would imagine the instructors would make a big difference on the quality of the course and whether the subject matter is presented in way that makes it more conducive for learning. Not sure there is way to adequately determine that before taking a course but as I mentioned before the investment in terms of cost is zero.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I always had an interest and curiosity about statistics but didn't want to pay for a full course or spend the time in a traditional classroom setting. This gave me an opportunity to take a course on statistics in a comfortable setting and a chance to see what the topic was all about before I made any more serious forays into the subject matter.

Coursera review by Elliot S.
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"Life Long Learning"

What do you like best?

Coursera has a wide range of offerings from the top institutions around the world, allowing me to either supplement learning for my career or just for the sake of learning new topic areas. I have had the opportunity to learn from a multitude of disciplines for personal pleasure like Programming Video Games in R, Music of the Beatles, Music of the Rolling Stones, Music Theory, History of Rock n' Roll, Intro to Astronomy (more like astrophysics) to courses that further support my career like Intro to Marketing, Content Strategy, Business Strategy, Statistics, Specialization in Social Media and a Specialization in Digital Marketing.

Did I mention that the courses are free?

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike other than some courses are only offered during certain times of the year. I would be helpful if these courses were offered on "demand."

At times some of the peer reviews seem to be graded unevenly and with highly subjective evaluations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I suggest that others peruse the wide array of topic areas and course content and try a course or two just for fun, particularly that the only cost is time and the ability to learn something new.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The two Specialization courses that I took on Digital Marketing and Social Media have been helping me to ferret through the complications of developing strategies and implementing them to improve our presence and use of Social Media and Digital Marketing strategies.

Coursera review by Martin B.
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"Coursera online courses in Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology"

What do you like best?

The ease of navigation around the platform is a very big plus for me. I also prefer online courses which have a deadline as this helps set me objectives which are time bound.. I especially enjoy the challenges of the problem solving/quizzes and above all really like the learning from accessing some external websites which are part of some, but not all courses.

What do you dislike?

There is very little to dislike and out of the 14 courses I have completed to date, none I would consider to have no value. The only limitation is that in the subject area which interests me seems to not be added to with more advanced courses, for which I would be happy to pay. I have used EdX for this purpose.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and see how easy it is to use. Go for courses that are time bound as this will help drive you.

Compare it with providers of other MOOCs for versatility and ease of access from one or m ore devices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Coursera predominantly for pleasure as my hobby is in Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology. For my full time employment, I have used Coursera courses to teach me programming skills which at present is to develop a skill set which have use in future.

Coursera review by User in Chemicals
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"Great way to learn about a wide variety of subjects"

What do you like best?

Wide variety of courses in many different subject areas. Very good professors from a diverse set of universities and organizations. The ability to take many courses on my schedule. Discussion boards with people throughout the world help broaden your perspective on the topic.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I dislike. I do not pay to get validated certificates. I just take the classes to learn about the topics covered in the classes. Having my assignments graded by other students in the class can be a problem for some people, but I haven't had any issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As someone not looking to use Coursera to improve my employment prospects, I see no need to pay for a validated certificate. I just want to learn the material. However I understand why others would want to do so. I also understand why Coursera seems to be moving more towards a "pay" business model instead of "free". I have liked getting the simple PDF certificates showing that I completed the classes I took, but I'm not willing to pay for them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No business problems. I take the classes for personal development and enjoyment.

Coursera review by User in Retail
User in Retail
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"My go-to MOOC offering"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the quality and variety of content and course offerings on Coursera. The ability to audit (for free) is imperative, as there are times when the course syllabus does not match my expectations.

What do you dislike?

At times, I wish there were was a way to ask a teacher/TA/proctor a direct question -- this is especially apparent when it comes to practical application of certain technical topics/methods. I would much rather "pay for real advice" than "pay for a certificate".

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest auditing a few courses (for free) to get a feel for the platform. In addition, I feel each University/Institution approaches Coursera slightly differently -- therefore, you may want to explore a variety of offerings before selecting a course/school to see which "culture" feels right for you and will yield you the most benefit. In addition, paying for a course/specialization will likely make you more accountable. Alternatively, consider taking a course with a buddy/colleague/peer and challenge yourselves to complete the work on time and hold each other accountable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solve a variety of data science and analytical problems in my work. Having access to breadth/depth in this space has allowed me to attack problems in new and innovative ways. In addition, I have been able to introduce others to new methods, techniques, and tools. My coding skills have improved greatly and my perspective is more broad. Finally, my confidence, with respect to approaching data science problems with the correct methods/process, has improved significantly.

Coursera review by Tim C.
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"Great for instructor education"

What do you like best?

I often use Coursera to browse different subjects to keep my own learning current

What do you dislike?

I wish there were podcasts, not just video

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coursera allows me to keep my own learning current and up to date so I'm providing the best instruction to my students

Coursera review by User
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"Amazing resource!"

What do you like best?

I love the various options (both free and paid) available to all users with Internet access. It's very easy to use!

What do you dislike?

I think it needs better mobile integration, and I would love to see some more course offerings!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really feel that for a complex variety of subjects, this is the place to go! I find that it has more course offerings than its counterparts such as EdX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This site covers all subjects such as Computer Science and Languages, and I feel that it is a great learning tool for those that are not looking to go back to school.

Coursera review by Alejandro M.
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"Great courses, great way of teaching"

What do you like best?

The quality of the courses. All videos are really very well recorded in HD, and there are only experts teaching.

What do you dislike?

That you have to wait until a course open. I would like it to be always open to new students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

e-learning new things in a very easy way.

Coursera review by User in Entertainment
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"Great self learning tool"

What do you like best?

Most of the classes are put together by professionals and academics. You can move with your own pace (with certain restrictions). You can also download the videos and watch them online.

The assignments are helping you understand and practice the concepts.

Forums is a good resource to ask questions, engage others, and to find solutions to problems you encounterr

What do you dislike?

The courses are not offered all the time, oftentimes you have to wait until the new session starts.

While you have flexibility in how fast you move, typically you still have to submit projects / homeworks by a given deadline.

Some of the courses are not that great quality, it varies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great platform

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I could improve my skills for my professional field. It also a great tool to learn new skills that are not necessarily related to your profession.

Coursera review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Bringing good school education to you! "

What do you like best?

- allows you to take the best available courses at some of the best schools in the country/world

- great place to learn if you are serious about learning yourself.

What do you dislike?

- actually nothing! Except just one recommendation: for paid courses, if Coursera could allow an introduction video/demo teaching of the course professors, it'd be a great evaluation method before taking on the study.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great place to learn!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning new tools and higher studies in my field. I haven't gotten very serious about the courses, but i think if i am able to show a little more dedication, i know coursera is a great place to learn.

Coursera review by Internal Consultant
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"Coursera Review"

What do you like best?

The self paced course which can be learnt by any working professional. it has a huge library of courses listed which is beneficial to people from diverse background. It is very user friendly and users can use it with very ease.

What do you dislike?

The assortment of courses for IT cloud is limited

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problem being solved is learning whenever one has time as the courses are self paced. This is specially good for professionals like me who are working and don't have much time at hand. Plus, this is a one stop shop where you can find many courses from various industry and backgrounds.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera is an amazing learning opportunity "

What do you like best?

I enjoy an opportunity to learn about things that I did not learn as a college student. For example, I was always interested in psychology, but got B.S. in chemistry. With coursera I can follow my passion. I also find it useful to use some of the materials from MOOCs I have taken to use for the classes that I am teaching.

What do you dislike?

The site interface became a little bit confusing recently. There is no clear search algorithm and it is hard to determine what is the level of a course I am about to take.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Make you goals clear.

- Select the content that is appropriate.

- Form study groups.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I learned several important skill such as how to negotiate, conflict solving. Some of the teacher education courses were extremely useful.

Coursera review by Emily D.
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"Coursera Helps me achieve my goals"

What do you like best?

I love the diverse content offered and the ability to interact with others in the courses. I also like that I get to see my classmates work.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes just too much to choose from and it can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Enroll with other people you know to keep each other motivated and finishing the course!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have learned about how to apply psychology to my presentations.

Coursera review by Lauren M.
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"Want to learn something? This the place!"

What do you like best?

Coursera is free! There are also a ton of classes with high-quality video lectures. They even have series of courses to specialize in a topic.

What do you dislike?

The classes cannot be counted as professional development in my particular school district/ state.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will not receive credits. However, some places accept certificates from coursera for credit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to learn about many topics in education on my own, at my own pace. I have been able to apply what I have learned to my job. Game theory, Blended Learning, Dyslexia intervention, etc.

Coursera review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Coursera, excellent tool to further education."

What do you like best?

Layout, content, videos, ease-of-use. I also like the variety of course options and how easy it is to manage classes on your own schedule. Also certificates earned after course completion are able to be linked to your LinkedIn profile.

What do you dislike?

Paying for separate courses, no overall subscription for all content.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great way to continue education as well as learn new skills, affordable and easy to do on your own time.

Coursera review by User in Higher Education
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"Coursera"

What do you like best?

It had a large variety of course offerings to choose from.

What do you dislike?

I did not see any that were more rigorous in nature. The information presented was pretty basic. Some of the lectures were very boring as the instructor was monotone and basically reading slides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a variety of topics to choose from but the material covered is pretty basic. They can be helpful as a review, but not for significant detail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it to review some subjects as a refresher course. This helped me in preparing information for my own undergraduate courses in areas in which I have not taught for many years.

Coursera review by Andrés S.
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"Learning on the go. And everywhere."

What do you like best?

Downloadable videos and presentations for each course.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes prices for valid certifications are expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Now they changed their inner policies to force you to stay on course, while you're enlisted. It can be tough but it's a way to finish on time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning and improving my skills on my profession.

Coursera review by Victor M.
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"Good and quick learning outcome"

What do you like best?

I like the easy navigation and the fact that we can choose certain courses based on the language we want to learn.

What do you dislike?

I did not like the engagement of the course, I did not receive enough reminders to complete the course work which made me stop taking it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool to learn data science

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am getting better at what I do by learning Data and coding.