Today we can learn not only in school or University, but also learn at home and get credit for it. Education is indeed expensive and not all people can afford it or have the time to learn at formal educational institution. These reasons inspire Coursera and edX to offer online based courses to their users. Here in this article we will give brief information regarding Coursera and edX to help you choose between both.
In this article we will give you information about:
– What is Coursera and edX
– What Coursera and edX can offer to you
– Coursera vs edX
Coursera is a company founded by two Stanford Professor named Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller that focusing in education. Coursera offer Universities and other organization to provide online courses, specializations and degrees in various subjects like engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, computer science, digital marketing, business, data science and others. By October 2017 the Company has more than 28 million registered users and over 2000 courses.
Coursera was founded not long ago in 2012 by two Computer Science professors at Stanford University named Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. The company was inspired by their experience offering their online Stanford courses online the year before. The company first partner are all famous universities such as Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. Coursera offerings has been expanded to cover specializations, which is courses that build skills in specific subject, it also offer degrees and workforce development product to business and government organizations.
Taken from Forbes, when you take a course in Coursera, you will get an introduction or syllabus and a basic outline of materials about the course and what are you going to discuss in the lesson. One set of lectures usually contains three to six videos and the duration may vary from 20 to 30 minutes. Each one of them includes concept introducing and basic problem and when the student find a difficulties, they are encouraged to discuss it in the forum. Similar to regular classes, you will also be assigned with problem set, assignment or quiz that you have to submit. Some courses let their student to discuss the topics in the Forum and some may not.
The assignment score will be given to you at the following week, when new set of lectures are released. At the end of the course, which usually takes up about eight to ten weeks, you will be given a Final exam. The exams is usually flexible and you can take the exam in a certain range of days. The final exam score will be combined with quizzes, tests, and problem tests to give the final grade.
Coursera’s Popular Courses
The most popular Coursera courses taken in 2017 are:
1. Machine Learning by Stanford University
2. Neural Networks and Deep Learning by deeplearning.ai
3. Learning How to Learn: Powerful metal Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects by University of Carolina, San Diego
4. Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Stanford University
5. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Princeton University
6. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Phyton) by University of Michigan
7. Logarithms, Part 1 by Princeton University
8. English for Career Development by University of Pennsylvania
9. Neural Networks for Machine Learning by University of Toronto
10. Financial Markets by Yale University
edX is an online course provider. The company provide online university-level courses in a wide variety of disciplines to any student worldwide including some free courses. They also conduct research on learning based on their students. Edx is different from other similar courses provider because they are a non-profit organizations and runs on Open edX, which is an open source software platform.
edX was founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012. edX has more than 70 schools, corporations and nonprofit organizations offer or plan to give courses on the edX website. By December 2017, edX has around 12 million students taking more than 2800 courses online.
edX offer courses in weekly learning sequences, each one of it is composed of short videos contains interactive learning and exercise to make the students able to practice the concept based on the video. The courses commonly consist of tutorial video similar to small-on campus discussion groups, online textbooks, and online forum, where the students can ask or discuss problems among each other and teaching assistants. Sometimes online laboratories can be used on selected courses or if the subject is applicable. For example in a course about circuits and electronics, the student can built virtual circuits in an online lab.
After finishing the course edX will offer their students certificate or successful or completion, some courses even give credit eligible. However whether the school or university offer credit for an online course or not, is depend on their regulation.
edX Popular Courses
The most popular edX courses taken from early 2016 to mid-2017 are:
1. Introduction to Computer Science by HarvardX
2. Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel by Microsoft
3. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming using Phyton
4. IELTS Academic Test Preparation by UQx
5. English Grammar and Style by UQx
6. TOEFL Test Preparation: The insider’s Guide by ETSx
7. Introduction to Python for Data Science by Microsoft
8. Introduction to Data Analysis using Excel
9. Artificial Intelligence (AI) by ColumbiaX
10. Introduction to Linux by LinuxFoundationX
Coursera vs edX
|- a profit motive company||- a non-profit organization|
|- Has a wider range of courses||- Offered courses are not as many as Coursera|
|- Currently has 5 courses with ACE Credit||- Currently has 3 courses with ACE Credit|
|- Has peer assessment feature||- The course pace can be adjusted|
Both of Coursera and edX offer their students both free courses and paid courses and they also have some credit eligible courses. In the courses variety side Coursera offer a wider range of subjects or courses compared to edX. When deciding which one to choose, you might want to decide it depend on your schedule, one of edX interesting feature is the self-paced and timed classes, so you can go through the courses at your own pace and if you prefer doing peer assessment you may want to opt for Coursera.