Its almost looks as there is an arm race in online education. The question is this which MOOC platform can expand more faster? edX’s announced that it will be expanded internationally by adding six new schools which brings its total to 12 and now Coursera is also coming up with new additions in its own.
At present enormous platform of online courses has announced that 29 universities around the world have decided to bring their courses online via courser for free. New members can enroll to 33 institutions that are already on board, which brings Coursera to its grand total 62.
The international growth of both courser and edX’s is the great achievements for international students, who can now approach many courses in multiple languages. It includes French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian. Obviously international growth is also playing an important role in the roadmap for edX’s and Coursera and also to online learning sites like Lynda.com.
Whereas edX’s is the nonprofit organization but Coursera is running commercially for making profit. It makes huge turnover and will need to continue improving and expanding its courses if it hopes to run business over the long term.
As mentioned in the introduction that 29 new courses schools added to this learning platform, Coursera is also increasing its courses by offering many subjects in different languages. By adding 90 new courses now its total becomes 313 courses in all. Coursera is now able to meet the need of more diverse students by giving them more academic options to explore and this become possible. With the addition of new courses, the wide range of languages and academic approaches has been seen.
Andrew Ng co-founder of Coursera said as part of the announcement that Coursera has registered 2.8 million students at the time of its launching and now around 1.4 million students enrolled each month. Recently Coursera has been taking some prominent steps for the better growth of the organization. It is also launching its career service in Dec. The program that matches students with the employers and it also adds the verified certificates in Jan for the students to verify the work that they have completed on courser for free.
In the beginning Coursera was not able to offer credits or degrees. But earlier this month the American Council on Education approved five of its courses for credit equivalency that means the students who have completed these classes are now able to receive college transfer credit at institutions that accept ACE recommendations. In future it is also working with ACE to add credit equivalency for more of its courses. Courser is looks like a real global online university with the addition of more universities, languages and courses. The question that arises is that whether it maintains its standard or quality of growth or not.
Below is the list of the 29 new institutions that join Coursera today.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Curtis Institute of Music
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Case Western Reserve University
cole Polytechnique, France
Leiden University, Netherlands
IE Business School
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat M nchen
National University of Singapore
National Taiwan University
Penn State University
Sapienza Universit di Roma
Technical University of Denmark
Technische Universit t M nchen (TUM)
Tecnol gico de Monterrey
The University of Tokyo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
Universidad TecVirtual del Sistema Tecnol gico de Monterrey
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Universidad Nacional Aut noma de M xico
Universitat Aut noma de Barcelona
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Geneva, Switzerland
University of Rochester
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- Udemy an online learning marketplace about to land at $12M for expanding its course catalog
- Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform has launhed its sites and currencies in France, U.K, Germany and Canada