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CS @ Illinois First to Offer Data Mining and Cloud Computing “Specializations” on Coursera Platform

7/21/2016 9:08:00 AM

Coursera and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced a pair of computer science specializations, one in Data Mining and one in Cloud Computing. These targeted sequences of courses will be offered as massive, open online courses (MOOCs). They will cost only $49 per class.

Illinois’ College of Business will also offer a pair of specializations, collaborating with Illinois’ College of Media.

“These new specializations will more than double the number of MOOCs being offered by Illinois,” said CS @ ILLINOIS Department Head Rob A. Rutenbar. “They’ll teach crucial topics in computer science in an important, emerging format.”

Rob A. Rutenbar
Rob A. Rutenbar

Demand for previous Illinois computer science MOOCs has been incredible. A course in programming Android mobile apps, for example, included more than 160,000 learners who developed more than 10,000 apps.

“These courses build skills that are desperately needed and offer them to an unprecedented number of learners. We’re proud to be a part of these Coursera specializations because they’re at the heart of what we do, and do so well, as a land-grant university.”

The Cloud Computing specialization includes five courses in distributed systems, cloud apps, and networking. The Data Mining specialization includes six courses in data mining, text mining, and data visualization. Both specializations require a capstone project, which allows participants to demonstrate their new knowledge on a substantial project using realistic data.

For more information on the Coursera specializations, see