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COURSERA REACHES UNICORN STATUS AND
ACCELERATES ENTERPRISE PRODUCT INNOVATION
BY TARYN OESCH

Online learning libraries are increasingly
expanding their consumer products
to include enterprise offerings -
packaging online courses for entire teams,
customizing courseware and offering
data and analytics functions for training
managers. Coursera is becoming a giant in
this space, with 40 million users and more
than 1,800 enterprise customers. In fact, its
$103 million Series E equity round in April
made it a "unicorn" (valued at over $1
billion) - a rarity in the training industry.
According to Leah Belsky, vice president of
enterprise,"Coursera will use the funding to
accelerate product innovations, especially
for the enterprise business, and to expand
our partnerships with companies and
governments globally." Last year, Coursera
launched an artificial intelligence (AI)powered skills benchmarking tool, and
Belsky says Coursera will be building on
that tool to create industry-based skills
maps and "content collections mapped to
specific roles, skills and industries."
"The future of learning and the future of
work are converging," Belsky adds. "At a
time when globalization and technology
advancement is reshaping our lives, it
is also causing a rate of change that
is outpacing human adaptability. AI,
automation, shifting demographics and
the changing economic landscape are all
disrupting businesses, jobs and the skills
they require." Coursera's goal is to help
individuals and companies navigate these
changes using a "scalable, stackable, ondemand and curated learning model."
THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF DATA
"The quality of our learning catalog is our
strongest differentiator," says Belsky, "but
increasingly, customers are approaching

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us to learn from our platform data and
skills insights to inform their talent
transformation strategy."
Different organizations have different
required skills and learning needs. They
need individualized data to understand
those needs and determine what training
to provide their employees. Online
learning libraries can often provide an
advantage in this area, because they have
a great deal of data from learners already
in their platform. By leveraging this data
and offering it to enterprise customers,
Coursera can enable more targeted
upskilling initiatives.

THE FUTURE OF
LEARNING AND THE
FUTURE OF WORK
ARE CONVERGING.
Belsky sees this trend growing in the near
future. "Traditionally, L&D initiatives have
been positioned more as an employee
benefit, with the aim of improving
employee retention through more broadstrokes learning opportunities," she says.
"As we see technology advancement
outpace human adaptability, building
training programs that resolve actual skills
shortages within the organization will be a
priority for L&D."
She believes that, rather than training
being solely a top-down directive from
the training team, it will become a
collaborative initiative in partnership with
team leaders. After all, they are the ones
who know best what skills their teams
need to develop in order to be successful.

Combining the training organization's
data and learning expertise with team
leaders' access to employees and subject
matter knowledge will help organizations
better fill skills gaps and meet business
needs. And Coursera wants to be there
to assist.
HOW EDUCATION ATTRACTS FUNDERS
SEEK, which led Coursera's Series E funding
round, is dedicated to employment
and education. Its portfolio consists
of companies in 18 countries aimed at
"help[ing] people live more fulfilling and
productive working lives and help[ing]
organizations succeed," according to its
website. SEEK was founded as an online
jobs site, but its investment in Coursera,
along with its recent acquisition of
50% of the business of Futurelearn,
demonstrates the growing reality that
you cannot separate talent acquisition
from talent development. Matching
people to jobs is useless if those people
can't succeed in them.
"This investment reflects our commitment
to online education, which is enabling
the up-skilling and re-skilling of people
and is aligned to our purpose of helping
people live fulfilling working lives," said
SEEK co-founder and CEO Andrew Bassat
in the press release announcing the
Coursera investment.
As other funders continue to understand
the importance of education at work, and
the return they see on their investment
in the companies that help provide that
education, will we see more unicorns in
the training marketplace?
Taryn Oesch is the managing editor of digital
content at Training Industry, Inc. Email Taryn.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019

Learning Analytics: Table Stakes for Business Success
Table of Contents
Let's Build a Measurement Practice for L&D
Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
Leveraging Analytical Tools to Transform L&D
Levearging Learning Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes: Where to Start
Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
Localizing E-Learning Programs for an International Audience
Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
Quality versus Quantity: How Analytics Can Improve Training Effectiveness
Coursera Reaches Unicorn Status and Accelerates Enterprise Product Innovation
Company News
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Learning Analytics: Table Stakes for Business Success
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Let's Build a Measurement Practice for L&D
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 16
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 19
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 21
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Leveraging Analytical Tools to Transform L&D
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 25
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Levearging Learning Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes: Where to Start
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 37
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 41
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 46
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 49
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 51
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Localizing E-Learning Programs for an International Audience
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 53
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 54
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 56
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 58
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Quality versus Quantity: How Analytics Can Improve Training Effectiveness
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Coursera Reaches Unicorn Status and Accelerates Enterprise Product Innovation
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