439: Why EdTech Leader Coursera Is Top Of The Online Learning Space
We are only a few weeks into 2018, and already many will be starting to give up on their well-intended New Year’s resolutions. But one thing that everyone needs to prepare for is the days of your life consisting of school, college, work, retire are disappearing because every day is now a school day. We must all continuously learn and adapt in an age of hyper-change to thrive and survive. Technology is causing careers, training, and the workforce to evolve.
Meet Coursera, the world’s largest EdTech company with 28+ million learners around the world, 150+ university partners, and more than 2,000 courses. The company was founded by two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide access to quality education to anyone, anywhere.
Coursera was founded in 2012 with the purpose of transforming lives through learning. Coursera is redefining higher education by providing universal access to content and credentials from the world’s best universities.
Last summer, new CEO Jeff Maggioncalda took the reins. Jeff was attracted to the company that is dedicated to transforming lives through learning for obvious reasons. Coursera has become a platform that millions around the world rely on to acquire new skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a world of accelerating change. I invited Jeff to come on the podcast and learn more about why the business is growing rapidly, and how the potential is virtually unbounded.
Jeff also shared his interesting perspective on what’s happening in the broader employment landscape and how MOOCs can help. We discuss how technology is causing careers, training, and the workforce to evolve. Now that working adults are facing a need to reskill or change careers, Jeff reveals why he believes that we need to make it easier for people to gain new skills at all levels of their career. We also discuss where Coursera is heading, their recent $800M valuation and the trends he sees in EdTech.
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