Renata Pacheco founded, and is currently the Executive Director, of a 25-year old corporate communications company in Brazil called RWF360. Looking to develop a new management model for her company earlier this year, Renata’s 23-year old son—who works in advertising and has also taken online courses to broaden his professional knowledge—introduced her to Coursera.
Renata immediately enrolled in Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies from the University of Maryland (re-starting today), which is part of Coursera’s popular Entrepreneurship Specialization helping learners identify opportunities based on real customer needs, develop business models and build successful companies. Armed with new skills, the course gave her the tools to produce a large rebranding project where she led her team to create a new company vision, position and even target a tech partner to boost their clients’ digital presence.
Reneta proudly shares her Verified Certificate on her Linkedin profile and continues to take Coursera courses in order to build skills that effectively manage and shape her company for the future.
Hey Learners, mark your calendars because we’ve got some great news. There are 3 Specializations starting this week—which are targeted sequence of courses designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise—that’ll allow you to earn a Specializations Certificate issued by the participating school and Coursera, signalling you’ve taken the courses, completed a final project and mastered a skill.
You can also earn a Verified Certificate with the other courses listed. Remember, over 60% of all learners earning a Verified Certificate share it on LinkedIn to boost their profile.
Introducing 18 New Specializations in High Demand Fields Such as Entrepreneurship, Software and Healthcare
Learners now have the opportunity to enroll in 18 new Specializations—a targeted sequence of courses designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise. Specializations were introduced in January 2014 as a solution to rethink how individuals seek timely, relevant education to further their lives and career in an evolving market environment. Coursera and our university partners experimented with this new format: more than a single course, but less than a full degree.
“We see data science as a core competency, like reading or writing or math. To be able to create something that caters to aspiring data scientists across disciplines who want to take the next step in their careers brings a whole new definition to being an educator who has an impact on the world.”
Brian Caffo, Professor, Dept of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University
Over the past nine months, we have seen a surge in worldwide demand with more than 1.5 million learners participating in Specializations. We’ve also seen the number of Verified Certificates (VCs) issued in 2014 double in volume due to Specializations. Over 60% of all learners earning a Verified Certificate share it on LinkedIn to boost their profile.
Coursera has also seen a great response from universities, professors and companies looking to join forces and be at the forefront in creating new pathways to career success. To bridge the gap, Specializations offer a unique final project that allows learners to apply what they’ve learned to relevant, real-world scenarios. For example, the final project in the Data Science Specialization offered by Johns Hopkins University is in collaboration with the predictive text analytics company, SwiftKey. Learners have the opportunity to work with SwiftKey engineers to develop text prediction systems. Coursera has also partnered with Google to highlight the top 5 Android Specializations final projects in the Google Play store—a tangible way to immediately demonstrate your skillset in an impactful way.
“Faculty from our nationally ranked computer science, advertising, and business departments are pooling their expertise to create in-depth experiences that will give learners eminently marketable skills in cutting-edge fields, validated with a certification. The opportunity to share our insights and vision of these rapidly evolving areas with such a broad and committed audience is an exciting prospect for us.”
Deanna Raineri, Associate Dean, Illinois
“We envision new credentials for the 21st century, and are working closely with our partner institutions, as well as private sector companies, to make this vision a reality,” explains CEO Rick Levin. So whether you aspire to be a Project Manager, a Cloud Computing expert, a Digital Marketer or want to master any field, build your skills fast with Specializations.
Business, Marketing & Management:
- Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business, University of Maryland
- Digital Marketing, University of Illinois
- Improving Business Finances and Operations, University of Illinois
- Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices, University of California, Irvine
- Business Communication for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
- Practical Management for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
- Business Tools for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
- Content Strategy for Professionals in Organizations, Northwestern University
Technology & Engineering:
- Cloud Computing, University of Illinois
- Data Mining, University of Illinois
- Human Computer Interaction: User Experience and User Interface Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Interaction Design, University of California, San Diego
- Statics & Dynamics: Foundations in Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- 程序设计与算法 Fundamentals of Programming and Algorithms, Peking University
- CAD/BIM技術與應用, National Taiwan University
Social Sciences & Medicine:
- Perception, Action and the Brain, Duke University
- Become a Social Scientist: Methods and Statistics, University of Amsterdam
- Healthcare Informatics & Data Analytics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Top-performing Coursera students share their advice on course success. Get the most out of your course experience!
1. Motivation - Write down your reasons for joining the course and ultimate goals
Jot down notes like: “I want to move ahead in my career” or “I want to improve my skills as a chef.” Post your answers on a refrigerator, bathroom mirror, computer screen so you can see them daily to spark persistence.
2. Time Management - Set aside a weekly day and time for coursework
Open your calendar and choose a predictable, reliable time to dedicate to watching lectures and completing assignments. Set up a block of time, look ahead and if there are sessions you may miss, adjust accordingly.
3. Commitment - Watch the first lecture and complete the first assignment
Our studies show that students who pass these first milestones are much more likely to complete the course.
4. Communications - Keep an eye out for emails from the Course Staff
Before and during the course, your instructor will send out emails that might include reminders about upcoming deadlines, announcements of changes to the course schedule, or links to helpful external resources.
5. Support - Engage in the forums
Anecdotal evidence shows that learners are more likely to succeed if they participate in course forums. Be sure to ask questions about assignments, discuss topics, share resources, and make friends. Students often form study groups based on native language and interest areas. If you don’t see a group that fits your needs, start one by posting a new thread outlining your interests and goals, and invite others to join you!
6. Credentials - Consider earning a Verified Certificate
Earning a Verified Certificate has a deadline. Not only can you get a credential that can verifies the work you’ve completed from a university partner, but it makes you be on track.
7. Accountability - Share your plans with your network
Tell your friends about the course, post achievements to your social media accounts, blog about your homework assignments. Having a fan base to cheer you on makes a difference.
8. Anticipate - Pick times to make up missed work
If you get distracted with obstacles like family, friends, work or an unexpected life event, consider how you will keep up with your coursework. Predicting upcoming roadblocks and adapting accordingly is one of the best strategies for reaching any goal.
9. Access - Download the mobile apps
Learn anytime, anywhere! With the Coursera Apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android you can even download videos to watch lectures offline.
10. Supplies - Collect materials
Bookmark your course page, grab a notebook or digital app for notes (we like Evernote), a webcam, and collect any instructor-recommended materials.
Got more tips? Leave them in the comments below or Tweet to us @Coursera, #courseratip.
For his third year in law school in Brazil, Mauro Filho was required to participate in 200 extra-curricular hours outside of his regular course curriculum in court sessions, with prosecutors or judges, or pursuing an alternative study in order to graduate.
Mauro found America’s Written Constitution by Yale University on Coursera (restarting 10/20/14) and quickly signed up. He presented his Verified Certificate to the department heads, who saw value and granted him hours for each course he took. He ended up with over 150 hours on Coursera.
Furthermore, Mauro listed his Verified Certificates on his resume and began getting calls for interviews immediately. A reputable law firm in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais saw his skills and credentials, and invited him for an interview because he stood out from the rest. And thanks to the subject matter expertise he gained with Coursera, he ended up getting the job.
Mauro continues to take courses on Coursera to boost his learning and recently joined Coursera’s Global Translator Community to help translate top Coursera classes into native languages around the world.
Coursera is participating in the KPCB Fellows Program—a chance for top US college and graduate students to work inside innovative Silicon Valley startups. The three-month summer program is focused on engineering and design. A new year-long program is focused on product management.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is one of Silicon Valley’s most established and reputable venture capital firms in the world. The KPCB program gives students the opportunity to be employed at Coursera or another portfolio company to tackle unique design and product challenges and build concrete relationships for their careers.
Fellows will also be invited to attend both private events held by KPCB and others hosted by portfolio companies, where they can meet other talented engineering and design students, network with luminaries in their respective fields, and explore the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you’re looking to boost your knowledge in physics, computing or management—while perfecting your French—check out 3 popular courses from our renowned French university partners EPFL, The Ecole Polytechnique and Essec Business School.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). On the list this year is Coursera’s Chief Business Officer, Lila Ibrahim.
Lila, along with the newly appointed NACIE members, are nationally-recognized private sector, nonprofit, and academic leaders who will advise the Commerce Secretary on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.
NACIE members, who will serve a two year term, were chosen based on their ability to carry out the objectives of the Council and have demonstrated expertise and experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and workforce skills.
As a Global Solution Manager based in Pune, India, Abhay Tandon needed a way to keep up to date with industry trends. A friend introduced him to Coursera and he was hooked.
Already armed with an MBA, Abhay dove deep into University of Maryland’s Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies which identified and evaluated the business models of emerging companies. The learnings helped Abhay in his current role to reaffirm his approach when speaking with CEO’s, assessing start-ups and SME’s before introducing them to an angel investment network.
Looking to build more skills, Abhay expanded his course list to topics ranging from entrepreneurial ecosystems, finance, economics, business strategy and more. This allowed him to supplement his previous learnings, understand existing principles and keep on top of industry nuances brought up by professors. Abhay’s new credentials opened the doors for more responsibilities at work and allowed him to view the nature of his work more analytically.
Abhay continues to add to his credentials and pursue a Verified Certificate through Financial Accounting by Wharton to strengthen his skills and ultimately pursue a CFA charter in the near future.
For a philanthropic cause, you now have the opportunity to give back in a big way and change the world with Giving 2.0: The MOOC.
This groundbreaking MOOC developed by social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and best-selling author Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen—in partnership with Stanford University—invites students of all backgrounds to become more effective philanthropists by applying research and strategic thinking to giving.
You’ll hear from a list of 20 established guest speakers spanning technology, philanthropy, and business who will help you shape a personalized philanthropic strategy based on your own capabilities and interests. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your nonprofit assessment skills through a grant-making process in which you and your fellow students will be allocated up to $100,000 to give to the non-profits you select, generously provided by The Learning By Giving Foundation.