Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
How It Works
Discover a course and sign up today
Choose from 400+ courses created by the world’s top educational institutions.
Learn on your own schedule
Watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete peer graded assessments, and connect with classmates and teachers.
Achieve your goals
Finish your class and receive recognition for your accomplishment.
The Coursera experience
It’s simple. We want to help students learn better — and faster. That’s why we’ve designed our platform based on proven teaching methods verified by top researchers. Here are 4 key ideas that were influential in shaping our vision:
Effectiveness of online learning
Online learning plays a significant role in a lifelong education. In fact, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education found that “classes with online learning (whether taught completely online or blended) on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.”
Based on an approach developed by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, Mastery Learning helps students fully understand a topic before moving onto a more advanced topic. On Coursera, we typically give immediate feedback on a concept a student did not understand. In many cases, we provide randomized versions of the assignment so a student can re-study and re-attempt the homework.
In many courses, the most meaningful assignments cannot be easily graded by a computer. That’s why we use peer assessments, where students can evaluate and provide feedback on each other’s work. This technique has been shown in many studies to result in accurate feedback for the student and a valuable learning experience for the grader.
Many of our partner institutions are using our online platform to provide their on-campus students with an improved learning experience. This blended model of learning has shown in studies to increase student engagement, attendance and performance.
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