What Coursera Learning Programs are available?
CU Boulder offers faculty, staff, and students two sponsored learning programs: CU on Coursera and the Coursera Partner Consortium.
CU on Coursera offers 200+ non-credit courses taught by University of Colorado faculty at CU Boulder, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Denver, and CU Colorado Springs. These courses are available at no cost to all students, faculty, and staff at any of the four CU campuses and the CU System office.
The Coursera Partner Consortium offers thousands of non-credit courses taught by faculty at many of Coursera’s elite global university partners. These courses are available at no cost to faculty, staff, and degree-seeking students at any of the four CU campuses and the CU System office.
What can I do with Coursera Learning Programs?
CU on Coursera and the Coursera Partner Consortium give you the opportunity to learn from faculty across the University of Colorado system, as well as from faculty across Coursera global university network. Benefit from a diverse range of educational offerings on subjects ranging from effective communication to cybersecurity and much more. Courses are online and self-paced, so you can learn anywhere, anytime. You can learn a new skill, explore a new subject area, and augment your on-campus learning with these programs.
- Self-paced, 3-6 week courses
- Flexible scheduling to meet your learning needs
- Interactive videos, readings, and resources
- Practice exercises and graded assessments to evaluate your knowledge and provide you with feedback
- Earn and share Course and Specialization Certificates on your LinkedIn profile and/or with businesses and employers
Access CU on Coursera and the Coursera Partner Consortium
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit your accommodation letter from Disability Services to your faculty member in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities in the academic environment. Information on requesting accommodations is located on the Disability Services website. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance. If you have a temporary medical condition, see Temporary Medical Conditions on the Disability Services website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay for Coursera learning programs?
No, access to these non-credit courses and programs, and the Coursera certificates they offer, is free and sponsored by CU.
Are all courses on Coursera available for free as a part of these program?
No, but there are a lot of courses to choose from. CU on Coursera is a unique offering of curated University of Colorado courses and programs offered by faculty across our four campuses. The Coursera Partner Consortium is a set of courses offered by participating Consortium member institutions and made available through this sponsored program. Each course, certificate, degree etc. will display that information about enrollment options before you enroll.
Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take?
No. You can take as many courses as you would like at your own pace.
Can I use the Tuition Assistance Benefit on Coursera?
No. CU on Coursera and Coursera Partner Consortium courses are offered at no cost. Any courses or degree programs outside of this are up to the individual to pay for.
Will I earn university credit when I finish a course?
No, these courses and programs are offered as non-credit learning opportunities. Completion certificates can be shared and are verifiable, but no academic credit or transcript is attached.
I’m a faculty member – can I use these program?
Yes. Faculty can use CU on Coursera and Coursera Partner Consortium courses for professional development, as study aids and auxiliary educational materials, and for flipped classroom experiences. CU Boulder faculty members interested in creating their own Coursera course can visit the Provost's Office for Academic Innovation to learn more and get started.
I’m a staff member – can I use these program?
Yes. Staff can use CU on Coursera and Coursera Partner Consortium courses for professional development, personal enrichment, and any other educational purpose.
I’m a student – can I use this program?
Yes, in most circumstances. All students are eligible to join CU on Coursera and can use these courses for professional development, personal enrichment, and to supplement any education program they are pursuing at CU. Degree-seeking students are eligible to join the Coursera Partner Consortium, and use courses they find for the same or other purposes.
I already have a Coursera account with a different email address. Can I still use these Coursera learning programs?
Yes! When you follow the instructions to “Login with University of Colorado” from the Coursera platform, Coursera may ask you if you want to merge your accounts. We recommend that you do not merge, and keep your accounts separate. You’ll be able to access CU on Coursera and Coursera Partner Consortium courses for free, and your personal Coursera account can be used to access courses on the rest of the Coursera platform (note: some courses require a fee).
I’m not sure how to use the Coursera platform, where can I get help?
Coursera offers robust learner support. Visit the Coursera Learner Help Center for technical and platform support.