How did you learn about Coursera? | Coursera Community
Coursera Header

How did you learn about Coursera?


Userlevel 6
Badge +8
  • Community Manager
  • 172 replies
This is a 5-second poll! I'm curious to know how you first learned about Coursera. To elaborate on your answer, please reply to this post.

How did you first learn about Coursera?


25 replies

What a fun idea, @Laura !
My son created a few courses here. I wanted to see what he was teaching so I signed up for them. It was so exciting to be a part of this. Back then he would do “office hours” a video about what people had been discussing and would choose the best examples. He would also refer to a few excellent assignments too. It meant so much to me to have my name mentioned!
It was also a family involvement as my younger son had written and played the opening/closing music for the courses.
Userlevel 2
Badge
I tried to make virtual school website in 2004 and didn't completed ... when I searched later for the subject I found coursera 🙂
I like your poll too @Laura . My husband’s brother and his wife discovered Coursera for us when they were trying to find the best information about vaccines for their new born baby some years ago. They ended up taking the courses available on vaccines on Coursera at that time and loved them. So, they spread the joy to the rest of the family and friends. 🙂
I was actually searching for an article on designing questionnaires. A Coursera course name was included on the search result page. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link, signed up, and became a Courserian in 2014 thanks to Google.
Userlevel 3
Badge +1
I read about Massive open Online courses round about 2 years ago. After a time with research about the Mooc-Concept, i become a member of Coursera in beginning of 2017 (maybe a bit late), and started my first course at in December 2017.
Userlevel 2
Badge
I google searched a course of interest and I found it. While clicking on it to read more, it led me to registering for coursera and that was it! I got stuck!
Userlevel 2
Badge
Maryam wrote:

I was actually searching for an article on designing questionnaires. A Coursera course name was included on the search result page. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link, signed up, and became a Courserian in 2014 thanks to Google.


I like the coinage “couserian”. Thanks!
Badge
I was looking for courses to learn about my favourite subject without having to commit to a university course with The Open University. This took me to FutureLearn and someone there recommended a course on Coursera and that they thought it might match my interests. It did and now I use both platforms, depending on what I'm looking for.
HOT wrote:


Maryam wrote:

I was actually searching for an article on designing questionnaires. A Coursera course name was included on the search result page. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link, signed up, and became a Courserian in 2014 thanks to Google.

I like the coinage “couserian”. Thanks!



Hi @HOT,
I also like this word, but I did not coin it. Once I joined Coursera, I received an email on which this word was used. I kept that welcome email. Here is a section of that:

We are thrilled that you have joined us! Congratulations, you are now a Courserian.
Cheers,
Daphne, Andrew, and your Coursera Team.



Does anyone know if they still use this word (Courserian) on emails that are being sent for welcoming new learners? 🙂
Userlevel 2
Badge
Maryam wrote:


HOT wrote:


Maryam wrote:

I was actually searching for an article on designing questionnaires. A Coursera course name was included on the search result page. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link, signed up, and became a Courserian in 2014 thanks to Google.

I like the coinage “couserian”. Thanks!

Hi @HOT,
I also like this word, but I did not coin it. Once I joined Coursera, I received an email on which this word was used. I kept that welcome email. Here is a section of that:


We are thrilled that you have joined us! Congratulations, you are now a Courserian.
Cheers,
Daphne, Andrew, and your Coursera Team.

Does anyone know if they still use this word (Courserian) on emails that are being sent for welcoming new learners? :)


If they still do or did when I joined, I never noticed.
Userlevel 3
Badge +2
Back in May of 2018, I completed the course "Writing in the Sciences", produced by Stanford University. I found this course by searching online for a writing class that I could take remotely; I found it first on Coursera, and also on Stanford's website. But since I found it first on Coursera, I decided to take it here.

This is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. This course helped me realize that my writing skills were not as far off as I had thought; but still a work in progress. This course also helped me realize that there are many doors in philosophy, the sciences, and writing that are open to me.

I thought this course would help my to-do-list get smaller, but it keeps getting bigger; because I am realizing what I can do, it makes me want to do more.

Coursera has played a part in the expansion of the realization of what I am actually capable of. Thank you!
Userlevel 2
Badge +1
I had come across some of Andrew Ng's Neural Network videos on Youtube, and realized that they were part of a Coursera course.
Userlevel 2
Badge +3
I learned about Coursera from MIT, when I attended a talk in 2011, and they mentioned Andrew NG's class. Still, I took my first class on Coursera in 2013. Before that I took many classes on edX in 2012 and there also I learned more about Coursera from fellow classmates.
Badge
I used to work at Berkeley's masters of engineering program, and a lot of the students there had used Coursera before to brush up on topics, prep for interviews, or learn something new. I never gave it much thought because I wasn't an engineer myself and I had assumed it was for engineers. But then I did a google search for excel online classes and Coursera popped up! The rest is history 🙂
Userlevel 1
Badge
My mum told me about an article in French weekly Courrier International (5 years ago ! ). Since then I learned non stop..Thanks to Daphne, Andrew and all those involved in it!
Userlevel 5
Badge +4
I have always wanted to take a course or two online but didn't know how to go about it. So, a friend of mine told me that he was taking a course on Coursera and encouraged me to give it a try. I surfed the internet and realised that there were other MOOCs but Coursera was topping the chat. Here I am, a die-hard Courseran! 😍
Userlevel 2
Badge +2
It was a time when I was searching frantically to find some educated videos to find a way to integrate in Europe the distance learning in the educational process in the higher education of Greece that through search I fell on the coursera and other websites but the coursera about the way of education he offered me some good knowledge of my university education.
Badge
My friend Rebecca was actually taking a few courses through Coursera and when I had mention that I wanted to go back to school but didn't know how I was going to do that with a 1 and a half year old and a newborn, she recommended I give this a try. I am really enjoying it! I am taking the Introduction to Psychology course and I absolutely find it very informative and stimulating. Plus, It'll help me work towards my goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist (an ambition that I have had ever since I was younger).
Badge
I discovered Coursera because of their partnership on the Google It Support certificate program. Somebody recommended that certificate as a good way to update my credentials after working in another industry for a few years.
Userlevel 6
Badge +8
@KishaStephensonMyers That's so great to hear! I hope you'll find this community to be a supportive space as you study towards your goal. You might want to check out this thread: A mother who studies.
Badge
Gramophone magazine’s newsletter had an item about Jonathan Biss’ course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas. (c. mid 2013).
Userlevel 1
Badge
Hi @Laura interesting poll you've got going on there. I actually learned about Coursera when I was looking for online learning platforms that can help me pursue my love for writing. 🙂

I am very grateful that through Coursera, I was able to take a Creative writing MOOC. It felt very fulfilling to really pursue a goal and even more so to achieve that certificate when I eventually completed it. I have always wanted to be a writer, even though my professional life has led me somewhere else.
Badge
Through an IT high school teacher, who advised me, when I finish school, so that I have enough free time in my hands, to sign up, because he knew that I like to learn about a variety of subjects, and these courses would transmit to me expert knowledge on subjects of any field I am curious about. Indeed, I have been using Coursera the past years both to expand my horizons concerning my personal interests and to enrich my perspective (and CV) on the field of my studies!
Badge
It was three years ago. I was taking private English lessons, and my teacher recommended me Coursera for a time gestion module. She said it was free and it really was.
I had then the best English course ever on Coursera : "Crafting an Effective Writer: Tool of the Trades". An absolute pleasure.
But quickly fees appeared, along with lack of quality. It is a shame. So I gave up Coursera for French and free plateforms. It is easier for me . And it is enough to feed my curiosity.
Badge
I learned about Coursera when I found out about the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

Reply

    Cookie policy

    We use cookies to enhance and personalize your experience. If you accept or continue browsing you agree to our cookie policy. Learn more about our cookies.

    Accept cookies Cookie settings