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Coursera is an American online learning platform founded in 2012 by two Stanford computer science professors with a vision to provide anyone, anywhere with access to the world’s best education. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take – and taught more learners in a few months than they could over an entire lifetime in the classroom. Today, Coursera has expanded to reach 53 million people and 2,300 businesses around the world.
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. On Coursera, you can find online courses, Specializations, certificates and degrees from 200 world-class universities and companies, including Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Google, IBM, and more.