Coursera launches project-based courses

Students can create a business model, infographic, Android app, or comic book in applied project-based courses

project-based-coursesIn a Feb. 11 blog post, Coursera announced it is offering 12 new project-based courses in topics from persuasive writing to computer construction.

The blog post references research showing that tackling real-life challenges is a powerful way to master new content, improve general problem-solving abilities, and prepare for increasingly difficult tasks.

In a project-based course, students can master content efficiently by applying new concepts to a real-world project as they learn, the blog post explains. Students will receive guidance and suggestions from an instructor and a community of learners with similar goals, and when they complete the course, they’ll have a finished project to use and share.

The following project-based courses are open for enrollment now, with sessions starting as soon as next week, and three more courses are opening soon.


  • Business Model Canvas: A Tool for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, University System of Georgia
  • Writing Professional Emails and Memos, University System of Georgia
  • Design and Make Infographics, Michigan State University
  • Be Persuasive: Write a Convincing Position Paper or Policy Advice, Leiden University

Computer Science

  • Build Your First Android App, CentraleSupélec
  • Build a Modern Computer from first principles: from Nand to Tetris, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Art and Music

  • How to Make a Comic Book, High Tech High Graduate School of Education
  • Script Writing: Write a TV or Web Series Pilot Episode, Michigan State University
  • Creating Synthesizer Sounds for Electronic Music, Berklee College of Music

Project-Based Courses Opening Soon

  • Create an Interactive Website in One Week, SUNY Stonybrook
  • How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, École Polytechnique
  • How to Write a Resume, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione