Is this a certificate that employers would actually care about? If all of your problem sets and final project are submitted and graded in the Gradebook, you might want to watch and for any announcements about the first batch of certificates being issued. I have some Machine Learning certificates from Coursera, and at the gig I'm working some really entry level Machine Learning was required. I took four or five Coursera courses in 2012-2013 while trying to get into the industry. With that said, if that person thought that an online course in, for example, supply chain management would qualify them for a management position overseeing a high volume warehouse I would have to correct them. You can pass the course by playing the system, but to do well you need to write code to crack crypto systems.
For example, a student who wants to cheat could get answers from a person sitting next to him or her, while still meeting the typing and webcam tests. I would have a headache and basically dismiss both. That said, full disclosure , I have previously taken a certificate course at a university which I felt had value. Is a certification worth it. You will have opportunities to learn essential techniques in protecting systems and network infrastructures, analyzing and monitoring potential threats and attacks, devising and implementing security solutions for organizations large or small.
If the qualification gained in the online course is relevant, they see certificates as advantageous for an applicant. Let us know what your area of interest is. Massive Open Online Course — a top university course published online and accessible to anyone anywhere in the world for free. The reading material is varied and thus very enjoying to read. Paying for something hits us hard in the accountability checkbook. For serious courses, I pay so I can have pressure and motivation to complete it.
On the one hand, most adults aren't going to pay a lot of money just for a learning experience. . I agree that gaming tests is something that Coursera should presumably care about because their business model presumably depends on certificates meaning something in terms of people getting jobs etc. Really looking forward to the possibilities though. That might mean a lot if you knew that the course was really tough, or if mastering the material was essential for some particular purpose.
I've taken edX classes, and I just put the skill on my resume. The sessions are well thought out and explained exceptionally by Mr. Such an example is Cryptography by Prof Katz which is part of the Cybersecurity specialisation. And there are online programs as well. It's now basically impossible to write meaningful or good examinations using their platform. The more you pay and the harder it is to get out of , the more you are committed. I doubt if the certificates matter though and the courses won't have the sort of group projects, case study discussions, etc.
All a Coursera completion tells me is that you were persistent enough to go back and re-take the multiple choice exams enough times to get a passing grade. Employers seemed mildly intrigued but never made a big deal about them, and no one ever asked to see certificates back then they offered free certificates of completion if you completed the course with a sufficient grade--there was no webcam of typing verification back then, and I think the certificate was just a pdf you downloaded or something. EdX certificates are delivered online through edx. Even though I haven't completed 10+ courses on edX, I was very quick to realize that the existence of Honor Code certs, even though providing great joy to many people, are actually hurting the credibility of the verified certs. If yes, then it is worth paying something for, how much is depending on the value you feel it will net you. I interview and screen people as part of my job, and I would be very intrigued by someone who was taking it upon themselves to learn their side interests in more depth.
Others need to benefit from it too. My advice as a former skeptic of paid certificates: If you have the money do it. As a little tip top companies keep on sending their corporate officers to take this courses on campus. If we go from the assumption that the whole point of lectures and courses is to acquire knowledge, doesn't it make sense to make sure knowledge is indeed acquired. Are you at beginner level or advanced? Two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, have formed a company, to deliver interactive courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and engineering. Of course, it also means that there are more opportunities to sell for a given amount of content, so I certainly don't rule out monetization as a factor. I agree with most of the other answers here.
I mean can I manage to secure a job based on this qualification? If certification is valuable, then it does follow that some students will cheat to get them. I personally filled several weeks of research to find the perfect curriculum on this subject, so I consider that, especially after completing this course, I am appropriately qualified to say this is by far the best course you can find, content alone, the fact that it's free only increases its impressiveness! Sure, if you're looking to move to more of a business role, courses in marketing, finance, etc. But I think you need to have a clear understanding of what outcomes you expect before committing to a paid course. While I'm sure there are a number of very good courses, and quite a few people capable of completing them and benefiting from them in their lives, I believe I was at the time not only the prime demographic for the product but also in the majority of their users. If you're talking only about the certificate: No.
Certificates from online courses are recognized by employers Most recruiters from large companies know about online courses and have seen certificates before. I now know that committing financially, or by telling other people about your goals doesn't mean a lot. As a result, I finished the course with a 98% grade without feeling like I have a solid understanding. That said, some type of proof of course completion is probably worth something, especially if you can aggregate individual certificates into something bigger. A number of people have pointed out how that class diverges from the others, becomes very math heavy without covering basic pre-requisites, etc.
Would I have paid for it - for what I learned and how R is a big part of the work I do, I want to say 'yes'. Are you going to learn something at the end of the course? Attended a 5 day boot camp to gain some. Its already too late to pay for the certificate anyway, but tell me your opinion. I personally filled several weeks of research to find the perfect curriculum on this subject, so I consider that, especially after completing this course, I am appropriately qualified to say this is by far the best course you can find, content alone, the fact that it's free only increases its impressiveness! But if you see it among lots of those folks, check into the cert further. As I said, I've taken or started to take a few courses that were so cursory at least with respect to my level of existing knowledge that they were largely a waste of time.