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Coursera Announces “Specializations” – Series of Related Courses

We already know about “verified certificates”. Well, today Coursera announced “specializations”, which are a series of related courses on a specific subject.

Today we’re excited to announce Specializations, a new type of program that allows students to develop mastery in a specific subject. Specializations take the learning experience beyond one course, offering multi-course series in cutting-edge fields from top institutions in the world.

For instance, you can take the Mobile Development specialization which consists of:

  • Course 1 – Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems (Jan 2014)
  • Course 2 – Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures: Programming Mobile Services for Android Handheld Systems (Apr 2014)
  • Course 3 – Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Systems (Jun 2014)
  • Capstone Project – The capstone will require students to develop a complex mobile cloud computing application from the ground up. Grading will be done via a mix of automated grading and peer assessment.

As you can see, it consists of three courses from two different universities plus a peer-graded project. Once you succeed at all that, you get an official specialization certificate from Coursera. The cost of this is approximately $200.

The ten tracks announced today are:

  • Data Science Specialization
  • Mobile Cloud Computing with Android Specialization
  • Reasoning, Data Analysis and Writing Specialization
  • Foundations of Teaching for Learning Specialization
  • Challenges in Global Affairs Specialization
  • Modern Musician Specialization
  • Systems Biology Specialization
  • Cybersecurity Specialization
  • Fundamental of Computing Specialization
  • Virtual Teacher Program Specialization

It seems the progression to actual online degrees has taken a step forward.

 

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