Coursera is a for-profit, educational technology company that offers massive open online courses at Coursera partners with top universities and organizations to make some of their courses available online, including courses in subjects such as: physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketingdata science, and many others. Coursera aims to provide universal access to the world’s best education, no matter what your goal is, they have courses to help you get there.

Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors - Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller - who want to share their knowledge and skills with the world. Since then, they've built a platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers. Some of Coursera's courses are available for free, but most specialized courses require a fee and you'll receive a certificate or even a recognized degree when you complete them.

According to their page, Coursera now offers more than 1600 courses, to more than 22 million learners and has partnered with more than 145 universities.

1. Create an account

  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign Up in the top right of the page.
  3. You can choose to sign up with your Facebook account by clicking Sign Up with Facebook. Or create an account using your email address.
  4. Enter your Full name, Email and create a Password. Then click Sign Up.
  5. You are basically done creating an account. Next, Coursera will guide you through taking your first steps toward your goal.

2. Sign in to Coursera

  1. Go to
  2. Click Log In in the top right.
  3. Enter your email and password, then click Log In.

3. Feature

A. Courses

Every courses on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. These courses can take approximately from four to six weeks to complete, to years of study. Coursera also offers "specializations" - sets of courses that help increase understanding of a certain topic.

B. Certificate

When you complete a paid course on Coursera, you will be awarded with a verified certificate. The question of whether employers will accept these certificates provided by Coursera as valid credentials are still debatable. Although these course can deliver similar knowledge and values to taking a course in an in-person setting, some may argue that online cheating makes it very hard to trust the grades that students receive in these courses.

C. App

Coursera has an app available for Android and iOS devices.

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