How To Find Best Coursera Course? A Case Study

How To Find Best Coursera Course? A Case Study

Finding the best Coursera Course could be a tricky part for most of the person. It could become a real pain sometime. In this article, you will find 5 hacks that I have used myself to sort top courses on Coursera.

I had a dream of learning from the best universities in the world. When anyone asks me which University you have the plan to go. I Would simply tell the name of Universities like – Stanford, Yale or Wharton. It fills me with energy. But due to my financial reason, I couldn’t be able to join these.

Then I discovered, Coursera. After researching & spending some time on it, I found it a perfect fit for me. I could now get the learning from the world’s elite university at my home. For me, it was like a dream come true. I can take the admission in any of my dream university.

Coursera, as you might know, is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

There is a problem with any MOOC’s. There is plenty of option to choose from. This might sometime, confuse many people.

So, I thought of why not writing an article & help you in selecting a course that you might interest in.

In this article, I have written all the tips & tricks that I have used myself. These tricks have to help me in saving money & time. I hope this will help you with the same.

Without any further delay, let’s start our journey of selecting a course.

Top 5 Hacks To Find Best Coursera Course

I have put a lot of study & time to find these tips. I have used it on myself. They are tried & tested formula.

Below list can guide you through a good course.

1. Coursera Course Rating

This could be great indications of a good course.

Coursera provides star rating in 2 types: –

a. Rating for overall course

This is the rating given to a course in the bundle. This has a total rating the course could have.

The rating is given Out of 5.

Overall Course rating

This kind of rating is given to the Specialization Course.

b. Rating For Each Course

Coursera also provides a rating to each lesson separately.

This could also be beneficial in checking the course rating lesson wise.

This will give you an idea about which lesson is good & what lessons are not so good.each Course

In general, better the rating, better will be course.

But this is not the case every time. There might some courses with high rating & still not a fit for you.

You have to check & consider other factors as well.

2. Coursera University & Institutes

Though Coursera has world’s top university. So, there would be an issue for that university quality.

But some person loves a few universities & just stick to that. Whatever that university has on Coursera, they will take it.

I have done this in the past myself.

So, I have opted for a course from a university & just love that course.  I have taken a few more courses from that university. Then I found it that the course is not serving my purpose.

So, I wasted my time & money for that university.

My small piece of advice to you, don’t fall in love with University. Take the courses which are good for you. The courses could be from any university.

Coursera has a partnership with many universities all around the globe. Take advantage of this partnership.

Check this for more information.

It’s an online platform, learn any reputed university.

3. Coursera Tuition Fees

Course fees or price is a major thing to check.

This could impact a lot on course selection.

For a Specialization Course, the fees are around $39 – $79/Month. The fees depend on Courses & the universities offering the course.

For a Master Degree, the course fees are around $10,000 – $25,000 in total. Again, the pricing depends upon course & university.

Coursera has a Subscription-Based model for Specialization Course. For master degree, the fee is for the whole course.

You can check on pricing for more information.

4. Coursera Instructors

Teachers & Instructors are the backbones of any institute.

You need to check the credentials of instructors as well.

How to check it?

I. Scroll down – Till the instructors don’t show up.

II. You will see the list of instructors for the course.

III. Click on the name of the instructor which you want to check.

Teacher 1

IV. You will the something like Below

Teacher 2

Here you can find various information about the instructor.

This is good Add-On.

Though Coursera has some of the best faculty. But it’s worth taking a look at their credentials.

5. Course Duration

Total No. of hours taken to complete the course could be a good indication.

I personally prefer long duration courses.

In this way, I can learn from beginning to advance level in one course.

You might like a shorter duration course. That’s totally your choice.

I also like the course in which I don’t have to wait longer to get started.

For a few courses on Coursera, it takes weeks for the course to begin. I simply try to ignore the course.

I like to subscribe & get started fast.

Bonus Tip

Every one of us likes to free stuff. Isn’t it?

Here is a bonus tip for you.

Checking Course Materials

Before taking any course, I have the habit of checking the course materials.

This is to make sure that I get what I need. Nothing less, Nothing more.


Note – In the case of Master Degree, Point No. – 1, i.e., Coursera Course rating wouldn’t be applicable. You can try the rest of the tips.

Most Popular Coursera Course

There are a few courses that are popular on Coursera. These are the courses that are of high demand in the industry & students are buying them.

  1. Google IT Support Professional Certificate – By Google
  2. IBM Data Science Professional Certificate – By IBM
  3. Applied Data Science with Python Specialization – By University Of Michigan
  4. AI For Everyone – By
  5. Machine Learning – By Stanford
  6. Financial Markets – By Yale
  7. Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization – By Duke University
  8. Learning How to Learn – By Mcmaster University & University of California San Diego
  9. The Strategy of Content Marketing – By University of California
  10. Learn to Program: The Fundamentals – By University of Toronto
  11. Project Management: The Basics for Success – By UCI
  12. Digital Product Management – By University of Virginia
  13. Blockchain Basics – By University of Buffalo & The State University of New York
  14. Social Media Marketing Specialization – By Northwestern University
  15. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization – UCDavis & University Of California
  16. Business Analytics Specialization – By University of Pennsylvania
  17. Unity Game Development Specialization – By University of Colorado
  18. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies – By Princeton University
  19. Digital Marketing Specialization – By University of Illinois
  20. Databases and SQL for Data Science – By IBM

Final Thoughts

By applying all these 5 tips, you will be able to find the best suitable for you. These are my small hacks to find a course fit for me. You can have your own. But at least you can try a few of them.

Some of the points wouldn’t be that good for you. But I still urge you to use all the points & then take any decision.

I know, this way could lead to a lot of efforts in searching for a good course.

Over To You

I want to know your thought on the steps to best Coursera Course mentioned in this article.