Coursera gets cluttered

I am a big fan of Coursera, but I really think they should organize the Courses along tracks for people wanting to gain multiple skills for a domain or a career.

Their current system of tracks is a signature track that at 39/69$ offers a certificate. Can’t this be upgraded to something like a Data Scientist certification – say if you complete 5-6 courses that are specified.

Also there needs to be much more external social (rather than internal social /forums discussion) as well as some gamification like Codeacademy does (points, badges, leaderboard) to make it more fun.

Lastly- I wish there was a way to read the transcripts fast or at least some way for professionals who are busy to change the rate of learning (the video speed can be changed but its not that effective)

See this- with 370 courses I think Coursera should really build a layer of certifications for multiple courses along a single industry/domain.

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Why Online Education

1) Huge variety of courses from the best professors in the world (see Gamification course from Coursera below) or Machine Learning , Human Computer Interaction

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2) They are free ( is a mistake)! time is not free.

Also signature courses at Coursera now offer credible tracks for $39, and they have more support.

Why do you as a student need support? because sometimes you get stuck, and sometimes you need human interaction to stay motivated.

3) Coursera- I love these things-

Can run the course faster at 1.75 times ( because seriously I get distracted otherwise)

Can run the multiple language CC (captions) – reading is so much faster

Best feature- in video quizzes

Most number of courses

Free!

Codeacademy-

Makes learning fun

Makes easy to learn language

I wish someone could mash more of Coursera content with Codeacademy gamification and teach hacking and data sciences to the next generation of hackers!!

Rest of the websites are good, but I stick to Coursera and Codeacademy!

5) Education empowers! Every person who learns R or JMP through a free MOOC will create more value for themselves, customers, and their society, country than had they remain uneducated because they could not afford the training.

 

The rise of the global MOOCs ( Massively Open Online Course)

Threatening the monopoly of corrupted universities that cater to rising educational aspirations with mediocre , recycled courses, the MOOC revolution now breaks out of North America to reach global universities.Of course, Coursera leads and I liked the tight integration with Meetup.com –

May I suggest they look at codeacademy and build much more gamification than  currently available in their own courses.

 

From-

http://blog.coursera.org/post/43625628117/29-new-schools-92-new-courses-5-languages-4

Today we’re welcoming 29 new universities to the Coursera community of 2.7 million students and 33 existing universities across 4 continents!

also see

http://viz.coursera.org/2013-02-20-globe/

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and

https://www.edx.org/press/edx-expands-internationally

To date, edX has more than 700,000 individuals on its platform, who account for more than 900,000 course enrollments.

EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced today the international expansion of its X University Consortium with the addition of six new global higher education institutions. The Australian National University (ANU), Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada, and Rice University in the United States are joining the Consortium

Do you want a 100,000 extra analysts in your platform or language. Why don’t you let your training department design a MOOC for these platforms. Because the more people that are trained in your software or platform, the more brand ambassadors you have to selling it to future clients. Companies like 10gen are already doing it for MongoDB. And Oracle is doing it for R Enterprise ( see http://decisionstats.com/2012/10/23/10gen-and-online-education-mongodb/)

What is a MOOC?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aiming at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education using open educational resources. They are similar to college courses, but typically do not offer academic credit. Other forms of assessment or certification may be available including those based on learning analytics for online environments.

MOOCs originated within the open educational resources (OER) movement and connectivist roots. Several MOOC-type projects have emerged independently, such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX.[1] Others, like Canvas Network and CourseSites by Blackboard Inc have evolved from learning management systems.

Also see-

http://www.mooc-list.com/  list of Massive Open Online Courses (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities.