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Vote for your favorite Make-a-thon project (fall 2019)

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Vote for your favorite Make-a-thon project (fall 2019)
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 A few weeks ago we had another exciting company Make-a-thon! If you're curious, you can read more about what Make-a-thon is in this blog post. Essentially it’s a week for people in the company to work on the projects they think will be most impactful, rather than what they would normally be working on.

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. Last Make-a-thon, for the first time, we also asked all of you to vote on which project you think was best and we added another award  - the Learners' Choice award. 

Teams were really motivated to get a stamp of approval from the people they’re working for - you -  so we’d love to award another Learners’ Choice award based on your votes again this time.

I'm listing the projects below, accompanied by a short description and a video from the project team to explain what their project is. Please look through them and decide which ones you think would make your Coursera experience better. Feel free to also comment or ask questions about any of the projects if you’d like more information.

Once you've looked through each of the projects, please vote in the poll below for your favorite.

Vote by November 27th December 9th for your vote to count! 


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.

Which project do you think deserves to win?


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Plantation Drive

The APAC team decided that this time they'd like to do plantation drive and contribute something for the environment.  We planted 30 IXORA saplings and made home for 30 butterflies. The flowers of these plants having maximum nectar and used by Butterflies to sip the nectar.

 

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Coursera: Year In Review

A yearly overview of the progress you made and the skills you developed on Coursera. Inspired by Spotify's annual 'Wrapped' feature.

 

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Learn with Coursera on TV

Enable visually impaired learners to take a quiz on TV with voice command.

 

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Coursera Score System

Gamifying the Coursera experience to give learners continual encouragement and make learning fun

 

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Smart Forums

Use Machine Learning and NLP to address problems that users face with our forums.

 

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Making Program Home Social

Our project is about allowing Enterprise learners to see what their coworkers are learning and increasing engagement.

 

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No Peer Left Behind

Finding ways to get peers who need reviews to complete a course the reviews they need, without having to ask for them.

 

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`code` on Coursera

Enable inline code formatting in authoring all item types! Partners sometimes just want to highlight a "file" or "variable" or "function" but can't do this currently. They can now find the "Inline Code" button in the rich text editor, or use backtick to enable preformatted text. With more than 1000+ tech courses in our catalog, this will greatly improve readability of instructional materials and assessments for our learners.

 

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Voice-over with AI & Tower of Babel

We had 3 goals:

1) Use AI Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology for voice over slides to speed-up content production.
2) Using AI/ML, dub courses in different languages for better localization
3) Voice cloning to make 1 and 2 more authentic


 

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Showcase Skills with Rhyme

Our solution is the skills showcase. Learners create videos of their projects with clear explanations of their thought process, for sharing with hiring managers.
The primary goal of many Coursera learners is to advance in their careers. Hiring managers lack the signals to make informed decisions. Resumes, online technical tests, and even portfolios do not provide enough or the right data to screen candidates effectively. Project enable learners to differentiate themselves from other candidates, and provide hiring managers an effective way of finding the right candidates.

 

I just saw the Plantation video and love this project! Just imagine if all businesses did something like this! Where is this? Everyone was dressed in tee shirts and the weather looked wonderful! 
Who donated the trees? Do you have a group dedicated to caring for them? Thanks.

 

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@Judith that was our APAC team based in India. I’m sorry I don’t have more information about their project beyond the description and video they provided. All make-a-thon projects get a budget to spend so I expect that’s where the trees came from.

Thank you. The sign said “India” but I didrealize there was a Coursera team in India. It’s a fantastic idea for a project. Coursera California should also do something like this, wouldn’t that be both fun and meaningful!

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Hi @Judith 

I just saw the Plantation video and love this project! Just imagine if all businesses did something like this! Where is this? Everyone was dressed in tee shirts and the weather looked wonderful! 
Who donated the trees? Do you have a group dedicated to caring for them? Thanks.

 

Hi, @Judith Good to know that you like the Plantation drive project. We did this drive to Keeping the deteriorating environmental conditions in view. Our Coursera India Team participated in this drive and we planted 30 IXORA saplings which will be able to host several butterflies once the saplings turn into flowers.

The initiative took place in collaboration with Uthaan NGO at the Butterfly Park, Sector 52, Gurugram, Haryana. NGO people are dedicated to caring for all these plants and our Courser India Team does once in a month visit at the park to see the growth and development. Yes, everyone was dressed in the cool 13th Make-a-thon t-shirts. 

The whole session was extremely encouraging. 

 

@Roshni Khanna  thank you for your further explanations of this most special  project.

It is so important to know that these will be cared for and looked after once they have been planted.
Maybe next year, once they they bloom, you can post a picture so we can see the way they look and see how many butterflies they have attracted.

It’s wonderful to see that Coursera can beautify the world.

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@Judith Sure, I will share the pictures. Thank you so much :)

I just watched No Peer Left Behind and can appreciate the issue so much! There is such a frustration when you have accomplished all you need, as well as reviewing others, and cannot get even one review for your assignment.

I like the idea of sending others in the course an automatic e mail with the link to review these. It could be explained at the beginning of a course that if someone’s assignment has had no reviews, at the end of their session, an automated e mail to everyone in the course will be sent. This would only happen at the end of your session so people don’t get overwhelmed by these. Hopefully it wouldn’t need to happen so often, but I think everyone would be understanding when it does and help out.It would certainly make the forums more pleasant!

I wonder if peer assignments could be assigned to learners so they don’t have the flexibility to find what they want to do. Right after you complete your assignment, one will appear for you to grade. You won’t have to actively seek them...just a thought!

This was well put together about an issue many people are confronting. Good project !

Ooh, these options have left me feeling torn between #4 and #5. #7 is also good. :thinking:

I wish we could select more than one. 

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Hi,

Great Job

Best Wish,

Lahcene

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