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 are working with our university partners to create a new, targeted unit of education that’s more than a single course and less than a full degree.”
Daphne Koller, President and Co-Founder, Coursera
–>“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.
“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, JHU professor
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