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. Continue reading