Coursera Branches Into Corporate Learning and Development

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Today, online education platform Coursera has officially launched Coursera for Business. Through this, Coursera hopes to tap into a broad trend in corporate training, learning, development, as well as broaden its user base past the current 21 million registered users.

Coursera for Business will offer a wide variety of courses, spanning from highly technical subjects to broader topics such as psychology and management. It will also offer a new feature to help companies track the progress of their employees. With the newer features, Coursera will retain its distinctive long format videos, lectures, and assignments as well as its completion certifications that users can use to display their successful completion of a certain course.

How did Coursera get this idea? According to Rick Levin, “When we looked at the email addresses of our learners… we would see thousands signing up from one corporate email domain.”

Not only is this an indication of Coursera’s popularity, it also shows that many employers were interested in, or were already using, Coursera’s features to help with professional development. Coursera for Business’ new features will no doubt increase the number of corporate users. Companies that piloted Coursera for Business include BNY Mellon, BCG, L’Oréal, and Axis Bank.

However, you don’t have to be a business to use Coursera. The platform also offers hundreds of courses ranging from calculus to the history of spaceflight, taught by some of the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.