They seem to be direct competitor, i.e they offer university-level lessons, taught in traditional sage on the stage style, and assignments are graded automatically. But Coursera has far more courses, but there seem to be many complaints that Coursera subjects vary wildly in quality and rigour. Coursera offers Transcripts in many different languages. Edx offers Some foreign language classes.
What is Edx?
Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.
What is Coursera?
Coursera is a venture-backed for-profit educational technology company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera works with top universities and organizations to make some of their courses available online and offers courses in physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and other subjects.
- Coursera offers Transcripts in many different languages. Edx offers Some foreign language classes.
- Coursera offers The best of the discussion forums by comparison, but nothing to brag about. Edx offers Big catalog from interesting and prestigious university partners.
- Coursera has iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps. edX has doesn’t have any.
- Coursera’s catalog is more balanced, but they also have developed an extra specialty in professional development for teachers, with 52 courses in that area.
- EdX has had 173 courses at some point. At a given time about 25 to 30 are active. Coursera has had over 660 courses at some point. At a given time about 85 are active.
- Coursera and edx both have a third level of certificate you can earn by completing a sequence of classes in a subject.
- Coursera is the safest bet for a general interest MOOC browser hoping to find something to catch their interest.
- EdX is where you would start searching if you were primarily interested in science classes, particularly from elite schools.