Coursera Partner Consortium – FAQ


1. What is Coursera Partner Consortium? 

The Coursera Partner Consortium is a content-sharing initiative that makes it possible for Coursera partners (i.e. universities that author content hosted on the Coursera platform) to share open content with other participating partners, for the benefit of their students, faculty and staff.

Participating partners can invite learners to join their Coursera learning program, where the learners can browse and enroll in available content.


2. How do I know if I am eligible for access?

You may have been previously invited by your university to join a Coursera learning program (through "Coursera Campus Response Initiative"). If you currently have access to the program, and your university opts in to participate in the Partner Consortium, your program will automatically transition and be extended. If your university opts out, you will receive further communication on the changes to your access. Otherwise, the partners will most likely reach out to their student body to grant access.


3. How do partners become eligible to participate in the Coursera Partner Consortium? 

Partners are invited in February to enroll in the program for 2021. Eligibility to remain in the program after 2021 will be dependent upon partners meeting an open content requirement on our platform. Any changes to the eligibility (and the learners' access) will be communicated appropriately in advance.


4. What content will be available in the Coursera Partner Consortium? 

All open content* from participating university partners is available in the Partner Consortium. The list of participating partners may change over time, which may affect the available content catalog.

*some exclusions may apply including Professional Certificate, MasterTrack(™), and Degree Content will not be included.


5. Will my college or university have access to what I learn on Coursera?

After you join the learning program, your learning information will be visible to the administrators from your school that are managing the program.


6. Why am I seeing some content that has a fee to enroll? 

A small portion of the Coursera catalog is not part of the initiative, and if you navigate to that content, you will be able to view the corresponding fees before purchasing access. If you see a prompt to pay before enrolling, we suggest:

  • Make sure you are logged into the correct Coursera account by visiting your Settings page from the menu on the upper right
  • Make sure you are in the learning program and not “My Coursera” on the menu on the upper left


7. What can I expect to get when I complete a Course, Specialization, or Certificate Program? 

You will receive a certificate of completion:

A Certificate includes:

A Certificate does not include:

  • The Course, Specialization, or Certificate Program name
  • The instructor's signature
  • The logo of the partner institution offering the Course, Specialization, or Certificate Program if the partner institution includes it
  • A verification URL that allows others to check the Certificate's authenticity
  • A statement that Coursera has confirmed the identity of the learner who completed the Course,  Specialization, or Certificate Program
  • Academic credit from the partner institution offering the Course, Specialization, or Certificate Program
  • The final grade you got in the Course, Specialization, or Certificate Program
  • Your ID photo
  • The hours you spent working on coursework
  • A printed or mailed copy of the Shareable Certificate. Certificates are provided as downloadable PDF files, which you can print yourself. You can also share them electronically



8. What support services are offered to students on the Student plan or Basic plan?

For any questions or issues specific to the course / Guided Project, please visit the Discussion Forum within the course / Guided Project. You can find relevant topics and threads created by your peers, or post your own to get help or start conversations.


You also have access to the Learner Help Center, our online help center with resources on commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips. 


Additionally, you have access to the Coursera Community where you can ask questions and help others, discuss subjects you are studying, and meet learners from around the world.


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