Coursera’s Most Popular Courses in 2020 Relate to Mental Health, COVID and Personal Interests

IBL News | New York

“Coursera’s most popular courses of the year show learners striving to gain control of their mental health, better understand COVID-19, develop job-relevant skills, and pursue personal passions,” wrote in a blog-post yesterday Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at

The Science of Well-Being from Yale–a course that outlines research-backed ways to increase personal happiness and establish more productive habits–registered 2.5 million enrollments this year, becoming Coursera’s most popular course of 2020. Other mental health-related popular courses include Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 from the University of Toronto and Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most from the University of Michigan.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was the second most popular course this year. Since May, over one million learners have enrolled in the course, and 550,000 have completed it.

Other popular COVID-related courses were: Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19 from Imperial College London, Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology, a teach-out from Johns Hopkins University, and COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible) from Osmosis.

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) from the University of Michigan and Machine Learning from Stanford are among this year’s most popular courses. English for Career Development from the University of Pennsylvania also made the global list.

Related to personal passions, these three courses attracted unparalleled attention: Learning How to Learn from McMaster University and UC San Diego; Introduction to Psychology from Yale, and First Step Korean., from Yonsei University.

Coursera also provided a list of courses per country.

The Mountain View, California-based learning company reported 69 million enrollments, a 430% increase compared to the same period last year.

Course Partner
1. The Science of Well-Being Yale University
2. COVID-19 Contact Tracing Johns Hopkins University
3. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) University of Michigan
4. Machine Learning Stanford University
5. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects McMaster University UC San Diego
6. English for Career Development  University of Pennsylvania
7. Financial Markets Yale University
8. First Step Korean Yonsei University
9. Introduction to Psychology Yale University
10. Write Professional Emails in English Georgia Institute of Technology


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