Running a College on the Side: Reflections on My Engagement with Coursera.

All about Mentoring, 2020, Autumn, pp. 12-19

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Date Written: November 19, 2020


In recent years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become one of the most important innovations in global higher education. Another important trend is the rise of online content aggregators, such as Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn. Coursera, the leading aggregator, by May 2020, had surpassed 56 million subscribed learners globally offering 4,500 online courses, 300 specializations, and 20 entire degrees. Since 2015, through membership in Open SUNY (online courses and entire degree programs offered through the SUNY system), SUNY Empire State College has obtained a unique opportunity to join Coursera and reach out to the world’s largest community of online learners. One of the college’s pioneers on Coursera, Val Chukhlomin, has led the development of seven Coursera MOOCs. In just four years, his MOOCs have enrolled more than 120,000 learners from more than 200 countries. In this essay, Chukhlomin shares his observations and insights into the Coursera world and discusses some of the pertinent problems. Please note that quite recently, Open SUNY merged with SUNY Online.

Keywords: MOOCs, Coursera, online learning, career management, cross-cultural learning

Suggested Citation

Chukhlomin, Valeri, Running a College on the Side: Reflections on My Engagement with Coursera. (November 19, 2020). All about Mentoring, 2020, Autumn, pp. 12-19, Available at SSRN:

Valeri Chukhlomin (Contact Author)

SUNY Empire State College ( email )

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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-9998
United States
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