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Aug 14, 2020

We Just Hit a Coursera Milestone

Blythe Tyrone

As of today, the members of our Coursera learning programs have collectively logged over 100,000 learning hours! This is an exciting milestone and we are thrilled to see Duke students, faculty and staff taking advantage of our partnership with Coursera to further their learning. It has been less than three years since we announced Coursera for […]


As of today, the members of our Coursera learning programs have collectively logged over 100,000 learning hours! This is an exciting milestone and we are thrilled to see Duke students, faculty and staff taking advantage of our partnership with Coursera to further their learning.

It has been less than three years since we announced Coursera for Duke, which gave the Duke community access to over 50 Coursera courses taught by Duke faculty. Earlier this year, we announced Coursera for DKU, which pioneered expanded access for all Duke Kunshan University students as part of our emergency teaching and learning response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That program was so successful, and Duke students were eager for more ways to keep learning while staying home, so we once again worked with Coursera to launch our latest program, Duke 2020 Access, granting the entire Duke community of current students, faculty and staff access to nearly the entire Coursera catalog of over 3,800 courses built by Coursera partner institutions.

So, where have learners been spending their 100,000 hours (that’s nearly 11.5 years, by the way)? The top five courses with the most enrollees from Duke are:

  1. Introduction to Probability and Data with R
  2. Inferential Statistics
  3. Linear Regression and Modeling
  4. Introduction to Machine Learning
  5. Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

Honorable Mention: Dog Emotion and Cognition

And our learners have really enjoyed those 100,000 hours. Duke’s Coursera courses have an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. Here’s what some of our most recent course completers had to say about their experience:

“This is a really informative, well design[ed] course with great teaching techniques. I did learn a lot, thank you!”

“Such a wonderful and engaging course. [The instructor] lectures so nicely and the video quality was excellent and entertaining.”

“I was an engineering major at Duke, but never took any sort of computer science/machine learning classes because I didn’t have time. This class was super straightforward. Everything just made sense. I don’t know how to say it other than that. … Before this class, I had no clue what machine learning was, and now I feel like I understand the main gist and the basis for all of the math behind it.”

If you are a current member of the Duke community, be sure to enroll in the Duke 2020 Access program and register for your courses by October 31, 2020. You will retain access to your non-Duke courses through December 31, 2020.

Alumni – we’ve got something for you, too! Duke alumni can access Duke’s Coursera courses for free. If you are an alum interested in taking a course, you can use your OneLink to log into Coursera for Duke Alumni.