Coursera is testing a new program. We’re making our innovative Guided Project teaching tool available to you – our learner community.
Community Guided Projects can be on any topic, are always free to learners, and don’t include a graded assessment or a certificate.
We are initially offering this only to a small group on a trial basis.
You’ll be added to our list of interested learners, and we’ll contact you when there’s an opportunity to create a project.
Know someone else who might be interested? Feel free to tell them about this opportunity.
Guided Projects are short, interactive learning experiences that help learners pick up a particular skill.
What are the benefits for Community Guided Project creators?
- Strengthen your own understanding of a topic, develop and practice your teaching skills, or demonstrate your expertise or teaching ability to employers.
- Millions of Coursera learners around the world will be able to take your project and learn from you.
- People who create high quality, popular projects may be invited to upgrade their project or create a new one in exchange for payment.
- Guided Project creators will get a Credly badge and a Coursera Community badge.
As this is an experiment we also want to understand what other benefits participants would hope to get in return for creating a project.
What’s involved in creating a Community Guided Project?
- Projects typically take around 10–40 hours to create, depending on the length of the project and the level of experience you have with online teaching.
- You will need to plan a series of tasks and then record a video and a walkthrough for each task to guide the learner through your project.
- Your project needs to use a freely available online tool, such as Google Sheets, Wordpress, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
What’s the difference between Community Guided Projects and the Guided Projects already on Coursera?
- Community projects can be created by Coursera community members on any topic of their choice.
- Community projects are always free for learners to take, don’t include any graded assessments, and don’t include a certificate.
- Community projects can only use freely-available online tools accessed through a web browser (web applications), not software you download and run from your computer (desktop applications).
- Community projects go through a much less rigorous review process and are not required to meet the same pedagogical standards.
If you’re interested in creating a project, please fill out this form. If we select you to create a project for this pilot we will contact you within a few weeks.
If you have questions, you’re welcome to reply to this post and I’ll do my best to answer. There’s also a place in the Google form to ask questions. By completing the Google form, you are not committing to anything!