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Coursera review by David L.
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"Excellent for Lifelong Learning"

What do you like best?

This is a powerful site to learn more about or learn about topics of interest. The great thing is that there are so many topics to grow more understanding or learn about for the first time. The courses are provided by top notch institutions and teachers. The institutions include Ivy League and other high-level colleges and universities. Be prepared to do some work and learn a lot.

What do you dislike?

Some of the courses are a bit overwhelming with the amount of posts and work to be done. If you're not prepared to do a lot of work, it can become a bit daunting with a regular work schedule.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a good resource for recertification and other certification tools. Courses are easy to cancel if it is not what you thought it would be or if the scheduling does not work out.

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

As an educator, I am able to use some of these courses for recertification.

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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.

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 mayoría son pagos y no ofrecen certificados gratuitos.

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

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 limitación 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 deberían activar de nuevo esta emisión de certificados, o abrir concursos de algún 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!

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

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 Ivanna B.
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"Plataforma para realizar cursos"

What do you like best?

Poder realizar los cursos gratis, es decir, adquirir los conocimientos en el momento en que realmente lo necesitas, no importa si no posees el capital para realizarlo y luego pagar el certificado en el momento que puedas.

What do you dislike?

En Coursera no hay gran variedad de cursos, y la mayoría son en inglés, eso limita mucho al usuario ya que no hay variedad de cursos y los cursos que pueden interesar al usuario se encuentran en inglés o en un idioma que él no maneja.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coursera es una plataforma para instruirse con profesores especialistas en el área. El equipo de trabajo puede realizar los cursos cuando la empresa lo necesite y la empresa o el trabajador pagarlos cuando dispongan del valor monetario para obtener el certificado.

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

Muchas personas del equipo se capacitaron con esta herramienta durante un tiempo.

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 MaryAnn J.
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"Great for those who want to continue their education!"

What do you like best?

I love the free courses they offer! The courses not only helps with personal development but I can take courses related to my job and receive certificates for certain courses as well as a lower cost than typical certificate workshops.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that there may not be a course available for a specific topic you may want to take at that moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an amazing website to use for both professional and personal development.

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

Coursera has helped provide a cheaper option for professional development within our office. This means we can take more classes/ training for the cost of a regional conference.

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.

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