Coursera brings free university courses to Android

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 21, 2014
Apps, Google Android

The Internet offers a lot when it comes to learning new skills. Not only when it comes to resources like tutorials, videos, images and all that good stuff, but also people and organizations that like to help.

Coursera started as a web service offering university courses and lectures for free to interested users from all over the world. All you had to do was sign up, and join the courses that you are interested in.

Courses are provided by top universities and institutions from all over the world such as Yale, Stanford, Tokyo or Princeton.

You do not need an account to check out the current course offering on the website which should provide you with an overview of what is being offered right now, and which courses start in the next weeks.

The Coursera Android application brings all what Coursera has to offer to the mobile operating system. You do need to create an account if you do not already have one, but once that is out of the way, can start joining courses or continue courses that you have started on the web.

Progress is synchronized automatically so that you can use the mobile apps or the web service and never have to wonder where you have to continue a lecture or course.

You can either use the browse option the app provides to find courses of interest, or use the search function instead to find courses matching your search phrase.

Joining a course is easy. Just tap on the course that you are interested in to get to the overview page. Here you get a short description of what the course is about, information about the duration of the course, the weekly workload, language and the week the course is in, and sometimes an introductory video as well.

Simply tap on the join button to sign up for it. The course is then added to the list of current courses if it is already running, or to the list of upcoming courses instead if it is a future course.

When you load a course that you have joined, you are taken to an overview page listing the course's weekly lectures and other resources that may have been created for it.

All videos are streamed by default but there is an option to download them all to the device instead so that they can be viewed offline. This is not only useful if you want to watch videos if you do not have access to a reliable Internet connection but also for watching videos multiple times as you will save bandwidth doing so.

Besides videos, you may also find the following learning resources:

  • Syllabus provides an overview of the course and additional reading that may be mandatory or voluntary.
  • Assignments are multiple-choice quizzes.
  • Discussions  take part in the discussion forum created for the week's topic.

The first thing you may want to do after signing up for a course is to open the course pages. Here you will find additional information about the course, including syllabus and readings, information about grading and logistics, and other course related information.

One issue that you may run into is that it may not be as easy to get access to all reading resources. All are linked and some enable you to access the information directly on websites while others allow you to download them to your computer. Some information on the other hand are not directly accessible.

Closing Words

Coursera for Android is the ideal companion application for existing users of the service. It can be used as a standalone application without using the web service at all, which may appeal to some users as well. It is ideal if you want to watch lectures or learn while you are commuting or in locations where you do not have access to a computer or a reliable Internet connection.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

  14. TelV said on October 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    The only “Hot” aspect about this discussion is that all the users are psychic and have discovered a way to comment on a particular topic a couple of weeks before it actually appears i.e. the article is dated 3 October while the comments date from August 18.

    Is this an example of how the super intelligent AI is going about its business?

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