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Mar
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Going to school online is what all the cool kids are doing. And the really cool kids are doing it without paying a dime (if you can stretch the definition of "school" to services offering commitment-free classes to thousands of people at once who don't earn college credit). Coursera is one of the more popular options for this non-traditional learning, and now it's got an Android app to make it even easier.

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Coursera offers real college and university courses from real schools, allowing dedicated students to get useful learning without the huge time and money it usually takes just to get access. True, you don't get anything tangible except a mark of completion (and employers are unlikely to take that on faith since it all works on the honor system), but if you're looking to increase pure skill and knowledge, it's a pretty good way to invest your time. The service currently offers over 600 courses from more than 100 institutions, ranging from Scandinavian Film and Television to Cryptography classes from Stanford. There's a heavy focus on practical and in-demand skills like programming and education.

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The app itself allows you to browse the course list and enroll in classes, stream video lectures, and download class materials. Notifications for upcoming courses will make sure you don't miss that one class you wanted - Coursera's system uses real professors and TAs, so class availability is on a non-standard schedule. The UI looks pretty functional, but some early reviews indicate that there are issues with lecture streams.

Coursera's app is a free download. You'll need an account and an Android 4.0 or higher device to get in on the action.

Thanks, rfken!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Jephri

    Oh boy.

  • http://galaxyoftech.com Galaxyoftech

    Nice yar.. I am taking lecture of Python from here.
    Now this app made me so ease. Thanks

    http://www.Galaxyoftech.com

  • Naga Sridhar

    Finally!! Made me wait so much!! This is awesome now!!

  • Anil Ganatra

    I cant help but look at the last picture and think he's doing the international sign for wanker... lol

  • adetogni

    Just FYI, I've been using "Coursera Companion" a non-official app so far (in the past 2-3 months that I've been taking coursera courses. The app is free, but some advanced functionalities are priced. It works pretty well. It theory offer MORE services that the official one: for example, the official one does not support in-video quizzes, while for the non-official they're available, but again is a priced feature, or offer the ability to access the forum. On the other side, a few features in the official one are implemented "native" (for example, the review questions/quizzes) while on the non official, you're just redirected to the page of the course in a browser window. It's a close call, I suggest you all to try both.

    • Samuel

      I can't seem to find the 'Coursera Companion' app on the Play Store any more (though I still have it on my device).

      I read a comment on a post on Google+ ( https://plus.google.com/+Coursera/posts/dhDBKgqYuNz ) stating that Coursera had bought 'Coursera Companion' app and was repackaging it as their official app. I do not know how much of truth there is to the statement though.

      • adetogni

        You are right, it does not exist anymore. In fact some similarities were a bit strange. BUt the new one is lacking a few features of the ex-non-official-but-now-is Coursera Companion.

  • ProductFRED

    AWW YISS

  • Cristian Borsa

    Does it support Chromecast?

  • Antonis Tsagaris

    Aaaaarrrgggg! The hamburger navigation drawer thing is not as animating when sliding the drawer. OCD can't unsee syndrome TO THE MAX!!

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