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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Coursera: An Affordable Online Master's

Coursera is Offering a Way to Get a Real Master’s Degree for a Lot Less Money

Amy X. Wang | March 31, 2016

Digital learning company Coursera, which has over 15 million people around the world taking its massive online open courses (MOOCs), markets itself to a wide demographic— from curious middle schoolers to mid-career professionals seeking promotions at work.
The company thinks it can do more to help out the latter.
Coursera yesterday (March 30) announced a new program that curiously departs from its prior offerings: a MOOC curriculum that leads to an actual degree. 


<more at; related links and articles: (Coursera launches Data Science Masters program for a fraction of university prices. March 30, 2016) and (Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS). [About the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS). With a full tuition under $20K, the MCS-DS is the most affordable gateway to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers of the new millennium. The MCS-DS builds expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, in addition to building valuable skill sets in statistics and information science with courses taught in collaboration with the University’s Statistics Department and ISchool (ranked #1 among Library and Information Studies Schools.) This degree will go far beyond recorded classroom lectures to offer the same educational rigor as the Illinois on-campus program. Anyone who registers on Coursera will have access to all of the courses that make up the degree, including lessons, activities and projects developed by award-winning Illinois faculty. In order to earn the University of Illinois degree, learners who are accepted into the program will also be expected to complete additional course assessments with access to guidance, feedback and support from Illinois faculty and staff.])>

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