Coursera today released an iOS app, bringing the company’s learning platform into the mobile world for the first time. You can download it now from Apple’s App Store. The company also announced its new app would be available “soon” for Android.
The new iOS app allows students to stream course videos while on the go, making it possible to fit in learning anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re on your daily commute, at the gym, waiting in the grocery line, or simply anywhere away you’re your desktop or laptop, you can still get in some quick studying.
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The app also lets students download lectures for offline viewing: you can no longer say you couldn’t do your work because you were on the subway. The app even supports batch downloading of multiple videos simultaneously.
You can also browse hundreds of Coursera courses across more than 20 subjects. If you’re not going to learn using your mobile device, you can still figure out what you may want to learn later on at home.
The full feature list is as follows:
- Course browsing, searching, and enrolling.
- View personal course dashboard.
- Video downloading and streaming, video speed changes.
- Syllabus access.
Unfortunately, the app is still very basic, though Coursera says this makes it “data-light and user friendly.” Aside from video viewing and course browsing, it won’t let you do much else; if you want to participate in the discussion forums, read supplemental materials, or complete assignments, you’ll still need to visit Coursera.org.
Yet this is just the first version for the iPhone. New features, more platforms, and so on are undoubtedly in the works. Coursera promised its product development has “much more on the way in 2014.”
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