On Sunday, March 30th, Coursera launched its first Android application. Coursera has developed a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that, “combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students from around the world a unique online learning experience.”1 It is much more than your basic MOOC, however. Coursera offers “400+ courses created by the world’s top educational institutions.”2 Coursera’s partners include such prestigious universities as Brown, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Johns Hopkins to name a few. Further, the MOOC has also partnered with such institutions as the National Geographic Society, the World Bank, and the American Museum of Natural History.
On to the new Coursera Android Application. The app gives you access to all of Coursera’s 600+ courses and all 20+ subject areas. It also allows users to enroll in these courses, download all the course material, stream lectures, and manage all downloaded content through an internal “download manager.”3
The Android app comes on the heels of the release of the Coursera app for iPad, on 10 March 2014. It is clear that Coursera is making a big mobile push. Over the course of the last 3-4 months, Coursera launched an iPhone app, and iPad app, and the latest Android app.