[expand title=” A Coursera Specialization”] is a series of related courses designed to help you master a specific topic. Some shorter Specializations include as few as three courses and only take a few months to finish. Longer Specializations can include ten or more courses and take up to a year. You can begin a Specialization by enrolling in the entire specialization or a single course in the Specialization. Specialization Certificates When you finish and pay for a Specialization, you get a Specialization Certificate. You’ll also get Course Certificates for each course you complete in a Specialization. Capstone Projects All Specializations include a hands-on Capstone Project, which may be made up of projects throughout the Specialization courses, or it may be a separate course in the Specialization. (Not all Capstone Projects are named “Capstone.”) You’ll need to complete the Capstone Project to get credit for the Specialization. If your Specialization contains a separate Capstone Project course, you’ll need to earn Certificates in all the other courses in the Specialization before you can take the Capstone Project. Industry partners Some Specializations are offered in collaboration with Coursera’s Global Skills Initiative industry partners. Industry partners may support the Specialization in different ways, including Providing data or case studies for Capstone Project prompts Contributing content through guest lectures or co-development of course materials Offering perks or rewards to learners who submit outstanding projects Assisting with course production funding[/expand]

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Do Specializations make a career difference




[expand title=”Massive open online courses”] were built on the premise of making quality instructional content available to any learner, anywhere, anytime.

But simply increasing the number of educational opportunities isn’t enough to make an impact on learning, as Daphne Koller, co-founder, and president of Coursera, frequently hears. “We’ve often been asked by a lot of people, ‘It’s great you’re providing access to education, but how are you sure you’re helping them?”

Her company has just released results from its first longitudinal study, which asked 51,954 learners whether they enjoyed any career or educational benefits three months or more after finishing a course. Overall, 72 percent of respondents reported career benefits, and 61 percent said they enjoyed educational gains.

The survey (PDF) was conducted in December 2014 by researchers from the company and the University of Pennsylvania and University of Washington, both Coursera partners. Respondents were asked to self-identify as belonging to one of two groups: “career builders” seeking job benefits including pay raise and promotions, or “education seekers” looking for academic credits.

Fifty-two percent of learners said they took courses to advance their careers. Within this group, 87 percent said they enjoyed career benefits—and 33 percent say they received “tangible” benefits, defined as a raise, promotion, a new job, or starting their own business.

“For the career seekers, the signal was pretty clear that the strongest benefits came from courses in data, technology, and business,” Koller tells EdSurge. This feedback has influenced some of the company’s decisions with regards to course offerings. “It’s something that has shaped our business strategy,” she adds. “We acquired a lot of content to ensure that if someone comes on the platform, no matter what their stage of development, they have the right content and the right level.

That career-oriented learners are more focused on building applicable, skills-based knowledge shouldn’t surprise anyone. The majority of Coursera’s paid “Specialization” programs, a series of courses that offer verified certificates, focus on data science, business, and programming[/expand]

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[expand title="About this Specialization"] Ask the right questions, manipulate data sets, and create visualizations to communicate results. This Specialization covers the concepts and tools you'll need throughout the entire data science pipeline, from asking the right kinds of questions to making inferences and publishing results. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills learned by building a data product using real-world data. At completion, students will have a portfolio demonstrating their mastery of the material.[/expand]

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