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As many of you know, we just finished another week of Make-a-thon at Coursera. If you're curious, you can read more about what Make-a-thon is in this blog post.

This Make-a-thon @Laura and I wanted to involve our learner community - you - in a bigger way. Our Cultural Connection Week and Office Tour were both part of that but there's one more new thing we wanted to try.

At the end of Make-a-thon everyone in the company votes for which projects they think were best and which ultimately should go on to win the awards. We thought to ourselves, who better to vote on projects than the people who would actually be using them if we launched them. So we decided to add another award this time - the Learners' Choice award - and get you all to vote on which project you think should win.

I'm listing the projects below, accompanied by a short description and a video from the project team to explain what their project is. Sorry about the sound quality - it gets very noisy during our demo fair.

Once you've looked through each of the projects, please use this form to vote for your favorite.


Keep in mind that none of these projects are live and we have no plans to work on them to make them live any time soon, or at all. Make-a-thon is about experimentation and most projects never end up getting worked on after Make-a-thon is over. Only the best or most closely aligned with work we're already planning to do might get worked on and launched.

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Coursera Badges

Enable achievement badges on your Accomplishments page, your Profile page, and even 3rd party sites. Badges motivate learners to complete courses, sign up for more courses, and generally engage with the site. Let's gamify Coursera!

https://youtu.be/L0BlgEm1IXQ

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You can embed it on your page there, on your website. You can put it on your public profile and on your achievements page... err... your accomplishments page.

The team didn't list what the badges were for so here is an image showing mockups of some of the ideas they had:

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Coursera For Everyone

What would our landing page look like if we targeted learners that don't have a bachelor's degree?

https://youtu.be/H6jg8bCXAEw
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Learner Onboarding Video - 7 pro tips of learning on Coursera

We plan to create a 4-min video giving first-time learners 7 pro tips of taking courses on Coursera.

https://youtu.be/Epc7T5h3zXo

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For example, "what happens if we pass assignment deadlines," "what is a peer review assignment and how can I complete that."
We have 16 courses signed up for content A/B testing so we can know if that video can drive some completion rate or first week active learners.
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Audio Ebooks

Turning Coursera Courses into Ebook format with Audio

https://youtu.be/1VzPsorRtB0
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Leaderboards V2

Creating a leaderboard for individuals and for teams

https://youtu.be/lEH33TETvHM
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The world according to Coursera

Geographical variations in enrollments.

https://youtu.be/aClSCylgl7c

Information about regions:
America is interested in Google IT
Europe is interested in IBM
Latin America and Russia top courses are in their own language
China top courses are in English
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Recommendit: ideas for enabling in-product social sharing

We've identified a number of touch points where we could enable a learner to share Coursera, tied to some of the key motivations that might drive a learner to share. We've surveyed Courserians to build out an MVP for additional user-testing and a potential A/B test.

https://youtu.be/vxI3fQiDUpw

Further clarification on the project:
It's a way for learners to recommend Coursera to their friends via social media. For example, if they complete a course they can easily share their success on social media. Or if they find a course their friend would like, they can easily send that to them via social media.
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ForeverCred

Your Coursera credentials on the blockchain

https://youtu.be/PIg7xTBW8qA
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CourseraFeed

Enabling learners to follow each others' learning paths

https://youtu.be/hX_GnpOBXew
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Coursera Skills Credential

We aim to make resumes obsolete by surfacing learner skills data (based on the learning they have done on Coursera) and matching against open roles. We have a demo of a skills dashboard that surfaces the courses you've taken, the skills you have demonstrated, and how those map to job profiles.

https://youtu.be/mwCs7EX1j9k

Further clarification on the chart:
The chart shows your skills (based on the assessments you've taken on Coursera) against the benchmarks (averages of all Coursera learners) to allow you to compare yourself against others. It also allows the potential to share this information with companies who might partner with Coursera to find people to hire.
Cast my vote. It’s not that I don't like the other projects. It’s just that I had to select only one. Kudos to all the Make-a-thoners!
Where is Cultural Connections Week?
@Claire also...where is the office tour?
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@Judith we didn't include every Make-a-thon project in the list. Some projects were aimed specifically towards partners or towards supporting Coursera staff, for example. For this list we only selected projects which were designed to benefit learners.

We also left out the Cultural Connections Week and Office Tour because that was a project many of you participated in so we felt that would be akin to voting for yourself.
@Claire , that makes sense. But then who will vote for those other 2 projects?
These are all excellent ideas. Unfortunately it was challenging to understand most. If the room were quieter that would have been more helpful, but of subtitles could have been placed beneath the speaker, we would understand it so much better. This would also have been helpful to people whose English skills are not as good too.

I was hoping to hear the band! Do you have a video clip of the band we can hear? Thanks. 😀
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Good initiatives, although, not easy to understand everything in the videos as you told us. I liked the enthusiasm showed by each project speaker. Hard to choose one for voting. Congratulations. 🙂
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Unfortunately I didn't have time to write subtitles but if you want to give me timestamps for any sections you find particularly difficult to hear, or if you'd like me to explain a project in a different way, just post here.

It is still on my todo list to get hold of the recording of the band (I think we did record them) and get their permission to post some clips on here.
Thanks, Claire. The most difficult part of trying to understand these are how distracting the background noises are.
Here are some areas I had difficulty understanding:
#1 : Badges: at 29 seconds till end...what are these badges for? I see a chart of circles with checks in them but don’t understand their meaning.
#3 : 7 Pro Tips...from 13 seconds on....what are these specific tips? I can’t read or understand the words.
#6 : World According to Coursera: at 1 26...I would just want repeated what the top courses in the specific countries mentioned are.
#7 : Social Sharing: The beginning is unclear what does share Coursera mean?
#10: Coursera Skills Credential : from 18 seconds on...when you get to 45 seconds he points to a chart. I have no idea what this chart says or what it means.

Thanks, @Claire for any clarifications you can give here!
If anyone else wants to add to this, please do, or you can explain it to me too.
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Many thanks Claire, I already voted. I believe the reply sent by Judith is so helpful.
Best regards.
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Thanks for the list @Judith I've edited all the posts you mentioned to add some extra information. Please let me know if it's helpful or if you still need more for any of them.
@Claire , thank you so much! The edits clarify these so well. I appreciate you taking the time to do this.
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We currently have 2 projects tied for the top spot! If you haven't voted yet, please do it so we can resolve the tie!
@Claire , so who won?

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