Online Learning Update

February 11, 2017

Coursera enrolls governments in online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by: Hannah Kuchler, Financial Times

Coursera, the online education platform, is targeting veterans in the US, youth in Pakistan and would-be financiers in Kazakhstan with the launch of a service where governments pay on behalf of users. Agencies from seven national governments have signed up to provide online training, aiming to close the skills gap and encourage people into employment in a cheaper way than conventional education. By paying a couple of hundred dollars a year per student, the governments can provide free courses to the unemployed or underemployed in everything from machine learning in Mongolia to Excel spreadsheets in Egypt.

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