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
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.
The aim of the course is to obtain the idea of the lexicon as a complex system and to get the methodology of the typological approach to the lexicon cross-linguistically, as well as to learn about the general mechanisms of semantic shift and their typological relevance.
As of today, HSE offers 46 courses on Coursera, an international online education platform, and one third of them are English-taught. This means that HSE is one of the Top 10 universities by the number of online courses offered on that platform.
On June 30, the world's largest online education platform Coursera is switching to a new website offering a reduced list of available courses. Only those courses that are outdated and which the platform’s partner universities have not decided to renew will be eliminated. Any users who have yet to complete these courses are advised to download the remaining lectures and to self-study.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
At the HSE Faculty of Economics Professor Marek Dabrowski teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. Global trends are changing and everything from consumer goods to life insurance is available online. Should education follow the trend of immediate online access or is there a special path for it? In December 2014 the course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies was launched on Coursera. Could it help students from less developed countries achieve their career goals? HSE online student magazine Read Square has asked Professor Dabrowski to share his ideas.
Dr. Marek Dabrowski became a Professor at the HSE Faculty of Economics in 2014 where he teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. In the run up to the XVI April Conference he agreed to talk to the HSE English News service about being an international academic at HSE.