Coursera Relaunches Classic Computer Science Courses

“Many of the Computer Science courses that we feared had been assigned to the scrapheap have reappeared in Coursera’s catalog,” reports i-programmer.info.

Slashdot reader mikejuk shares this update on his original story:

Coursera has a list of 90 courses that have transitioned to the new platform since the old one shut on June 30th and it includes 25 Computer Science ones and the all important [Geoffrey] Hinton course on neural networks. Most of the courses are free but there are no certificates of completion or anything else. While they have specified start dates and cohorts of students will be encouraged to complete them within a set number of weeks, without graded assignments there may not be the same impetus as for the original courses or as for newer courses designed specifically for the new platform.

Coursera says “As has always been our intention, we are working diligently to relaunch the vast majority of the courses from our old platform on the new one.” i-programmer.info has apparently removed their original article, and their reporter writes that “I am now willing to retract my accusation of ‘cultural vandalism’… Why [Coursera] managed to convey the opposite impression for such a long time may just have been a failure of communication.”


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