Coursera then and now

Coursera then.

  • Instructors had tens to hundreds of students in one course session
  • Automated grading was for the purpose of freeing up instructors to interact with the students
  • Coursera recognized and acknowledged that universities were their own institution and Coursera was just the delivery platform
  • Coursera headquarters was low-key
  • Coursera wanted to do what is best for students
  • Coursera focused on features to help non-paying students
  • Coursera did not focus on its bottom line
  • Coursera was not about money

 

Coursera now.

  • There are a lot less than that in course sessions now
  • Very few instructors interact with students on the Coursera platform
  • Coursera thinks it is its own institution and often refers to these courses as their own courses without giving due recognition to the instructors and universities
  • Coursera headquarters is up-scale
  • Coursera wants to do what is best for Coursera
  • Coursera focuses on features to try and get more people to pay and for people to pay more
  • Coursera focuses on its bottom line
  • Coursera appears to be all about money

 

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