Online Education Startup Coursera Nabs $20M More

Career College Central summary:

  • Online education startup Coursera just raised an additional $20 million in funding, bringing its mammoth series B round to $63 million.
  • Coursera was founded by Stanford University professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. It has succeeded in becoming one of the most well known of the massive open online course providers, dubbed “MOOCs.”
  • It offers video lectures on a variety of practical and academic topics. Professors at some of the most prestigious universities, like Harvard, Stanford, the University of Cambridge, and MIT, teach these courses.
  • Coursera works with 100 universities in 19 countries. According to a news release, 700 professors and 5.5 million students have signed up to take a course.
  • The MOOCs certainly have their skeptics, with academics arguing that they are a lesser alternative to education in a physical classroom. However, it’s an option for students who can’t afford college or for professionals who could benefit from some additional job skills. Some of the most popular courses on Coursera are the introductions to data science and computational finance.

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