Coursera ties up with Instagram, Google

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Coursera ties up with Instagram, Google

Coursera has tied up with Google and Instagram to launch projects that will create offerings for its multi-course “specialization” series. For students to graduate from this programme they finish a "capstone" project, which is the showcase of their academic knowledge into practice. As the first group of Coursera students reach this stage, the company has partnered with Google and Instagram to create these modules. The specializations consist of two and six academic courses meant for students who wish to advance their careers. Coursera students can now choose from 19 specializations.

The specialisation series is also meant to help Coursea establish a business model. They have found that students who enroll in specialization courses have a higher completion rate and will pay for Coursera’s verified completion certificates. The students who join standalone classes are less likely to do so. Completion certificates cost about $49 per class and some like the Wharton School are offering a Business Foundations specialization for $595—including certificates for the four lead-up courses. Harvard Business School has also released its own set of online programs that cost more than $1,000.

Coursera and Instagram will create a capstone to round off a six-course specialization Interaction Design course offered by the University of California San Diego. Students will design a new social experience and will have their projects judged by Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram and a professor. The specialization series, Mobile Cloud Computing, offered by the University of Maryland and Vanderbilt University will ask students to design mobile cloud computing applications. Google will review the top Android apps and may also procure the best ones for its Google Play Store.

Coursera and Instagram will create a capstone to round off a specialization Interaction Design course offered by the University of California San Diego