From its website

We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.


Coursera asserts that it is constantly expanding the range of classes and college partners around the world.  Top universities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America are aligned with Coursera making it possible for learners to study in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian.  Additionally, it is innovating new methods with its partner colleges for people to learn and earn college credits or documentation for courses completed in good standing.  For example,  Coursera is working with ACE Credit, a company that certifies nontraditional education for college credit.  As of March 2013, Coursera offers five classes in conjunction with the University of California, Duke, and University of Pennsylvania that ACE Credit will deem acceptable for college credit  that could then be applied by degree seeking students at one of 2,000 participating colleges and universities.

Another way of documenting one’s progress and learning is by enrolling in classes via the Signature Track.  This track has special requirements to ensure that your work is being completed by you leading to a verified credit of completion that you could make available electronically to prospective or current employers or anyone that you need to inform of your competence as long as they have a secure URL.  The Signature Track does involve a fee but gives you access to education–knowledge and skill building–regardless of geography or time.