Coursera

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Coursera is currently partnered with 122 colleges and universities worldwide including Stanford University, Princeton, University of Michigan, SC San Diego and many more. Coursera offers over 1,000 post-secondary courses - free of charge. Although Coursera has only been in business since 2012, it has taken big steps in making college courses both easily accessible and low-cost.

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The Good

  • Simple and straightforward
  • Mobile features

Coursera is specifically designed for students seeking a simple and straightforward way to gain course credit, earn certification, or develop specialized skills online. Students can take advanced courses at their own pace and participate in peer assessments as they take part in Coursera's blended learning platform. Course subjects range from art and humanities, to law, to computer science, to teacher development. And as Coursera has partnered with hundreds of top universities throughout the world, courses are also offered in over 30 different languages.

For users on the go, Coursera has developed both an iOS and Android mobile app, and both apps have received generally positive user reviews. The company also provides a number of support options to help customers navigate their platform and troubleshoot potential problems that could arise. And for customers who are looking for a refund on paid courses, Coursera has put a 14-day refund policy in place. In some cases, they may even provide vouchers that customers can redeem on other courses in Courera's catalog.

The Bad

  • Peer-reviewed system

Peer-reviewed system is used where assignments and other objectives may not be possible for Professors to score based on such a high user frame. And despite Coursera's explicit any-plagiarism policy, this peer system makes it easy for students to plagiarize work. And while some support options, such as their online knowledge base, blog, and social media platforms, provide a healthy baseline understanding of how to use Coursera, other support features are lacking. Both finding the number and getting a response to questions is like pulling teeth. Other than that, there wasn't much about Coursera that could be deemed as a negative aspect. Additionally, while all of Coursera's courses are free, customers should be prepared to pay anywhere from $30 to over $100 for course certificates or specializations.

The Bottom Line

Coursera offers high-quality education for free - and it has made more than enough partnerships with high-ranking universities to substantiate that claim. For customers looking to advance their post-secondary education at their own pace, Coursera is an excellent choice; just remember that not every course is completely free, and unless a problem you encounter is specifically addressed on their online forums, you may be waiting longer than expected for a response.

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    Matthew Solari

    July 24th, 2017 Miami, FL

    There is no easy way to talk to anyone at this company. I completed 3 courses and they continued to bill me with out sending a confirmation email or anything. I lost over 300 dollars before noticing. This company is garbage and shouldn't be used from just a customer service standpoint. Moreover many of the courses are built to last way longer than they should which is what likely maximizes their ROI. Plus its absurdly obvious how recycled and automated the content is. The only thing that involves a real person are the forums. I'm not doing this crap again and will continue to trash this company to my peers until I get a refund.

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    Hamoon Azizsoltani

    February 24th, 2017 Tucson, AZ

    First of all they don't answer any phone call. Don't put your credit cart in their website. They will charge you and if you contact through the only way you can talk to them through chat, they will send you their own term and condition!

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    Len Friedland

    August 23rd, 2016 Monticello, NY

    I've taken many paid courses with Coursera. Many have been outstanding. However, I recently took the Technion Specialization for Creativity and Innovation. One of the main requirements and method of learning for that specialization is interaction in the discussion groups. I had been locked out of the discussion forums due to a Coursera programming error, but was not made aware that I had been posting into thin air and that I did not see other posts until the last assignment before the Capstone Project. In that assignment, we were to read all the responses to two discussion group questions and write what we saw as the general themes in those two discussions. Each student was to link at least five responses made by others in each discussion. All I saw were my own posts. I waited until a half hour before the post deadline, and stated that nobody answered the questions except for me. After I posted, I received links to grade others! The others had provided links. There seemed to be hundreds of posts, none of which I could access from my account. I contacted Coursera, and they found that my account had been set up as isolated from the rest of the course. They called it "bizarre". They said that I shouldn't worry; I could still take the capstone even though I had not taken the courses as designed. Even though I originally could have taken the courses for free, I had paid so that I could learn the material all the way through the capstone, which I obviously did not do. In contrast, others who paid for the course did get what they had paid for. I told Coursera that I was not prepared for the capstone and they should cancel my certificates which were not earned as stated in the course ("and participate in discussion forum posting your opinion and commenting those of other participants" every week) and refund my money so I could start another specialization instead. I had wasted fifteen weeks of my time, and certainly did not get the value of a paid course over a free course. They dropped the conversation then and there, ignoring all of my emails. My third course remains incomplete (I guess nobody marked my final assignment), they did not provide services as agreed, and they seem to have no mechanism for dealing with situations where they do not meet their obligations. Besides this Technion specialization, I had taken other courses and another specialization, some concurrently with the Technion Specialization. I was very satisfied with those others, and had become a booster for Coursera. I had gotten friends and family to sign up with Coursera. I personally have spent about US$900.00 with Coursera, but their lack of honor means I plan to never take another paid course with them. Meanwhile, I have since sought other remedies to get my money back for the Technion courses. I recommend Coursera for free courses, but recommend you don't pay them anything. If you ever have a problem after payments and deadlines, you will be on your own.

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    Marina

    September 8th, 2015 Spring, TX

    The quizzes in course I am taking are continually being graded incorrectly, and I get no response from customer service

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