Today I wanted to review some materials from one of my favorite Coursera courses – Introduction to Forensic Science from Nanyang Technological University. In the past, I’ve been able to access materials from completed courses by going to my “past” or “archived” courses page on my dashboard and selecting the name of the desired course.
But today I was only able to access the course information page (linked above), not the actual curriculum. I went into my internet history and looked up the direct address for the course materials, which was https://class.coursera.org/ntufsc-003/. This got me a page that looked like the curriculum page, but was devoid of any content.
I’m pretty bummed. Had I known my access to these materials would be removed, I would have downloaded them to my computer.
I decided to check on Foundational Neuroscience for Perception and Action and was able to access those archives. So apparently it’s no a sitewide issue.
Has anyone else run into problems accessing archived materials? Is the removal of archived curricula determined by the schools that offer the courses, or by Coursera? In the past, I’ve received emails from universities when they were planning to shut off access to archives, so we could download any materials we wanted to save. This incident really threw me for a loop.
I went to the help section and found the notes below (you can access them here), but no answer from anyone identified as Coursera staff.
Very disappointed – archived courses stopped being available
I have been a very big user and a fan of Coursera over the past 1-and-a-half year.
I haven’t been able to follow the courses I was enrolled in recently but, given that am I here for the knowledge and not for the grades, I always knew I could resume the courses when I could, at any given time.
Today I am ready to work on all the courses I was enrolled in, and I can’t believe I can’t access any of my courses anymore. Students used to be able to keep the course material in their “archived course” section.
What was this change for ? I am extremely disappointed and can’t learn any of the things I decided to learn (and counted on learning). I don’t understand what this change was for and I don’t understand that students haven’t been advised of this. This decision was certainly not taken in the interest of the students.
Again, I was very grateful for what Coursera had to offer. To me, all this was about was learning things outside of a school framework, meaning being able to learn what you wanted to learn when you had a bit of time, for the sake of learning, and not for grades. Now it seems that “framework” and “grades” is all that counts here…
I’d really like to talk about this with the Coursera staff but I couldn’t find any contact email.
Thank you for any feedback