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Access to Coursera for a limited time only

By Caroline Norris, on 13 May 2020

UPDATE: As of October 2020, UCL is now on the Campus Basic Plan

This allows you access to one free course per year and unlimited ‘guided projects’.

To explore guided projects:

  1. Go to the Browse page in Coursera
  2. Choose a topic or skill e.g. Data Science
  3. In the Filter by: area, choose Guided Projects from the Type menu.
  4. Click Apply.

coursera logoCoursera is an online platform providing courses on a wide variety of subjects, created in partnership with universities around the world.  During the Covid outbreak, Coursera is offering free access to some courses to universities for a limited period and Digital Education has set this up for UCL staff and students.

To take advantage of this limited time offer, go to UCL’s Coursera page and register using your UCL email address by 31 July 2020.  You must complete your learning by 30 September 2020.  It is possible that this offer might be extended beyond this but no further information is available at this stage.

Important notes

  • This offer does not include ALL courses on Coursera, only about 90% of courses.  If you choose to sign up for a course outside of the offer and there is a cost involved it is up to you to meet that cost.
  • UCL is not a formal partner of Coursera and does not currently offer courses on the platform.
  • Coursera is not available in Iran, Sudan, Crimea, Cuba, Syria, North Korea for legal reasons.

Detailed instructions for signing up

  1. Go to UCL’s Coursera page
  2. Click on Join for free and then switch to SIGN UP as shown below:
    Important: do not try to LOG IN if you are registering to use UCL’s Coursera for the first time.
    This service isn’t linked to your UCL account in any way – you need to use your UCL email address to sign up but you are creating an independent account with its own password.coursera sign up message
  3. Submit the form by clicking Join for Free.
    You will be asked to agree to terms and conditions and will be sent an email with a link to confirm your email address.
  4. When you next log in you may see a banner message asking you to join the UCL program.
    coursera join UCL program message
    Click Join Program.

Accessing UCL’s Coursera program

When browsing courses, make sure you are always looking at UCL’s Coursera program.  You may need to switch from seeing all of Coursera’s courses to the UCL program in the top left corner.  You will see a small pink UCL logo next to the Coursera one if you are in the right place.

screenshot of coursera dropdown menu

If you have followed the steps above and you still have queries then please contact us at isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk and we will endeavour to answer them.


6 Responses to “Access to Coursera for a limited time only”

  • 1
    Lee Pike wrote on 13 May 2020:

    Pleas enrol me.

  • 2
    Caroline Norris wrote on 13 May 2020:

    Hi, you need to enrol yourself using your UCL email address ending in @ucl.ac.uk

  • 3
    Alex wrote on 19 May 2020:

    Hi, I’ve set up my account using the UCL email address but the ‘join program’ box did not appear. What should I do?

  • 4
    Caroline Norris wrote on 20 May 2020:

    Just make sure that you always have the UCL program selected in the top left when searching for courses. When you click on a course you should see ‘sponsored by University college London’ written at the top as well.

  • 5
    Gholamali wrote on 26 February 2021:

    Hi, I registered now. However, I could enroll in just one course. Is it true?

  • 6
    Caroline Norris wrote on 1 March 2021:

    Yes, this is true. We moved to the Campus Basic plan once the initial coronavirus scheme expired. You have access to one course per year but unlimited ‘guided projects’.

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