Coursera is an online learning platform that connects millions of learners around the world with the skills and knowledge they need to transform their lives and careers.
Coursera provides access to top-quality university-level education at a previously unimagined scale, empowering learners, organizations, and enterprises to build the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.
Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and others. The company also provides courses in various languages.
Coursera has partnered with over 170 of the world’s top universities and industry educators to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower over 35 million learners around the world to achieve their career goals. Over 1,400 companies use the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. As of June 2018, Coursera had more than 33 million registered users and more than 2,400 courses.
Coursera courses last approximately four to ten weeks, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. These courses provide quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, and sometimes a final project or exam. Courses are also provided on-demand, in which case users can take their time in completing the course with all of the material available at once.
Coursera is backed by top venture firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc, and Learn Capital.