Jan 26, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The 30-million user site for online learning, Coursera, recently revealed its ten most popular courses.

The overwhelming result? Tech courses.

Stanford and Coursera’s Machine Learning Course, taught by Coursera’s co-founder, Andrew Ng, was number one, based on average daily enrollment. The course focused on artificial intelligence, and is one of three of the top ten courses to do so. In six years, over 1.8 million Coursera users have taken the course.

Blockchain also made an appearance, and Princeton’s Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency made the list at number five. Programming courses are also popular with the University of Michigan’s coming in at number six.

On the Coursera Blog, Nikhil Sinha said, “As the rise of automation threatens to displace jobs, more adults will look for credentials that help them enter new career paths in 2018. We are launching an IT support Certificate with Google in January which is just one example of a high-value credential we’ll be offering in 2018. Our goal is to make it possible for anyone to go from having no experience to getting a well-paid job in technology.”

In an article in The Indian Express, Coursera’s India country director, Raghav Gupta echoed Sinha’s sentiments. He expects to see an increase in blockchain, business, data analytics, leadership, innovation, and strategy courses—with tech at the core of it all.

Learn more about taking tech courses online.




Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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