Of all the MOOC platforms, perhaps Coursera has done the best job of covering all of the mobile devices. They have both iOS and Android apps, as well as a slightly different app for iPad. The iPad app takes advantage of the larger screen size (as it should).
I am well aware of the Coursera app for both Android and iPhone. I have used them both, downloading course content in advance and even taking quizzes while away from a desk.
In my experience, the Coursera mobile platform has two major weaknesses:
1) Bandwidth heavy. Once I accidentally started watching videos that I had not previously downloaded over WiFi. Very quickly in about half an hour, I had used up 300MB of bandwidth. Luckily, my phone alerts me when I pass certain thresholds, and so I realized I had used my bandwidth limit for the month. If you do not have an unlimited data plan, and many of us don’t, watching videos when not on WiFi will rack up that bill quickly.
2) Doesn’t support verified certificates. If you paid the $49 to get a verified certificate to a course, you cannot take a quiz using the mobile device. It kind of makes sense, because part of the verification process is a typing test and our typing abilities on a phone/tablet are probably different than on a desktop keyboard. And the other validation technique is a photograph, and not all mobile devices have a front-facing camera.
Other than that, these apps are great. I like being able to download individual videos or download an entire weeks’ worth of videos at once.
The Coursera iPad App is a great option for those taking Coursera courses and have an iPad app. It allows you the freedom to watch the videos from anywhere you prefer to be – be that in bed or on the sofa, or on a long trip. As long as you have network access, you can take the tests as well.