1 Million Users Signed up for HSE’s Online Courses on Coursera
The number of people subscribing to HSE’s online courses on Coursera, one of the world’s most popular online learning platforms, has reached 1 million. Users represent nearly the entire globe, with HSE courses being taken in nearly 200 countries.
HSE has collaborated with Coursera since 2014, and has attracted 1 million users to its courses over just three years. Today, Coursera offers 53 courses by HSE, more than 30% of which are English-taught. This makes HSE the top-ranking university in Russia by the number of courses offered, and sixth among all Coursera partners around the world.
The audience of the courses is international, with 70% of users in 2016 coming from outside Russia. 17% of HSE online learners are from the United States. India, Ukraine, China, Great Britain, Germany, and Canada also provide a substantial share of users. The course in Neuroeconomics attracts even more Americans, who make up to 19% of those who have registered. Remarkably, those attending HSE courses also come from such exotic locations as Curacao, Saint Martin Island, Vanuatu, Burundi, Madagascar, the Maldives, Burkina Faso, Micronesia, and even North Korea.
Countries of origin of people subscribing to HSE’s online courses on Coursera
The most popular HSE courses by number of users in 2016 were Data Structure and Algorithms, Introduction to Machine Learning, and Game Theory. The highest rated courses are Econometrics, Philosophy of Culture, and Fundamentals of Corporate Finance.
‘HSE has fully embraced online learning as a way to expand access to its teaching to people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world,’ said Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera. ‘One million enrollments is a significant milestone for a single university on our platform, but this is only just the beginning as the demand for continued learning after college graduation swiftly rises. Institutions like HSE will be leaders in preparing people for a rapidly changing and competitive workforce throughout their lives.’
‘Online courses are one of the most promising and key areas of academic development. They significantly expand the University’s potential learner base, as well as help to promote its educational offerings. HSE consistently relies on the most up-to-date technologies and that’s why our partnership with Coursera is very important for us. We are planning to increase the number of courses and areas of studies, as well as their integration into our students’ study plans,’ noted HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin.
As of today, seven Russian universities are represented on Coursera, with over 130 courses, and the total number of people attending them exceeds 1.3 million. The platform offers a variety of areas of instruction ranging from Russian literature to machine learning to robotics and genetics. The courses with the most subscribers are on data analysis, economics & finance, and mathematics.
HSE lecturers congratulate Coursera users
HSE’s Online Specialization ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ Receives Outstanding Educator Award from Coursera
HSE's English-taught online specialization, ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, which was created in partnership with Yandex, became the first course in Russia to receive the Outstanding Educator Award in the category of ‘Innovation’ from the global online platform Coursera.
On February 24, 2014, HSE launched its first course on the Coursera online education platform. Along with St. Petersburg State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE was one of the first Russian universities to host a course on the platform. Now HSE ranks among the top ten universities with the highest number of courses available on the platform, offering 91 courses which have garnered 1.6 million subscriptions.
Global online platform Coursera has launched the Data Science Academy project - a guide to the world of data science with a selection of the best online courses, specializations, and online master's programmes from world leading companies and universities. The English online course ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, developed by HSE in cooperation with Yandex is among the Academy's courses.
In July, HSE is launching two English-taught courses on Coursera. Enrollement for the courses is still open. The full list of online courses offered by HSE is available on HSE MOOCs page.
By early spring, HSE will have launched a range of new courses on Coursera in psychology, computer language analysis, economics, media and international relations.
‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ and ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ are English-language specializations, both created with the support of the top Russian IT firm Yandex, while the specialization ‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ was developed with the involvement of the University of California at San Diego.
A new English-taught course offered by the HSE Faculty of Computer Science kicks off on Coursera on July 17, 2017: Mobile Interaction Design: How to Design Usable Mobile Products and Services. Its author is Pavel Manakhov, Associate Professor at the HSE School of Software Engineering and Lead Interaction Designer at UsabilityLab.
A team of specialists from the educational platform Coursera visited the Higher School of Economics for the first time ever this April. The group was made up of Coursera’s Regional Manager Inessa Roman-Pogorzhelskaya, Content Partnerships Manager Nathan Hite, and Teaching & Learning Specialist Alexandra Urban, and during their time at the university they met with HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin, Online Learning Director Evgeny Kulik, and staff from the eLearning Office. The two teams discussed Coursera’s development strategy, as well as HSE’s future cooperation with the online platform.
On March 29-31 of this year, the online learning platform Coursera held its fifth annual Coursera Partners Conference called Innovation for Tomorrow’s Learners at the University of Colorado, and the conference saw the participation of our colleagues from the HSE eLearning Office.