Coursera, the online learning platform and pioneer of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), announced at its 10th annual Coursera Conference last week that it is introducing six new professional certificates and a new Career Academy. in its growing catalog of e-learning products and education programs.
The six certificates are concentrated in the fields of information technology, web development and software engineering and aim to prepare learners, even those without a university degree or relevant work experience, for new careers in these fields.
Five of the certificates, which are expected to be operational this summer, are from Meta, formerly known as Facebook. They include:
The other certificate is IBM Technical Support Professional Certificate, a seven-course sequence that prepares individuals for a career in IT and technical support, covering skills such as hardware and mobile device configuration, software configuration, troubleshooting, and cybersecurity basics.
The certificates will be available through Coursera’s new Career Academy, which will enable businesses, governments and academic institutions to provide professional training to people who need to learn the skills required for well-paying digital jobs. It will contain three main elements, including:
- Professional certificates, offering entry-level professional training from companies such as Google, IBM, Meta and others. These industry recognized certificates are designed to be completed online in 6-8 months and will prepare learners for 18 in-demand careers such as Data Analyst, Cloud Developer, UX Designer, Application Developer and social media marketing. The new certificates are in addition to the eight certificates already present on the platform.
- Guided Projects, which are Courser’s popular two-hour hands-on tutorials for building specific job skills; and
- An information tool that will help users learn more about common job titles, required skills, and average regional salaries (if applicable) associated with different career paths.
Various institutions such as Hawaii Pacific University, University of North Texas, University of Arizona, North Central Texas College, and community colleges in the Alamo College District in Texas have already piloted the Career Academy with students.
The announcement was made May 5 on the Coursera blog by CEO Jeff Maggioncalda, who said the Career Academy would help “realize the promise of this new era, where the combination of online learning and working learning creates greater access to educational and economic opportunities”. ”
Higher education officials were also excited about the new educational pathways the Career Academy would open up for students, serving as a kind of “last mile” training that could be layered on top of a traditional academic curriculum.
As an example, Mark S. Rosenbaum, dean of the College of Business at Hawaii Pacific University, said “Coursera’s Career Academy helps the University of Hawaii Pacific fulfill its mission to provide students with a hands-on, innovative, and experiential education, with on-demand skills training and certificates from leading companies like Google and IBM that complement our classroom content and provide students with pathways to meaningful career opportunities.”
Coursera, which in April claimed to have reached more than 100 million registered learners globally, continues to expand its scale as it prepares for technological advancements that one estimate will result in 149 million new digital jobs worldwide. 2025.
Now, in its tenth anniversary, Coursera has built a catalog comprising over 5,000 courses, 2,200 projects, 75 certificates and 30 degrees, all created through partnerships with over 250 universities and industry educators around the world. .