Earlier today, the world’s largest Massive Open Online Course provider Coursera announced that they are offering 100 free courses in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I analyzed these 100 now-free Coursera courses using Class Central's dataset. And I discovered that 85 of the courses offered certificates that you would normally have to pay for. The other 15 courses were already free but didn’t offer a certificate.

The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to increasing interest in online education. The course directory website I run, Class Central, has seen also seen a huge increase in people interested in learning online.

MOOC providers have been actively responding to the situation in different ways, including launching courses to keep people informed about COVID-19.

A screenshot of one of these courses on Coursera

In fact, we had previously discovered 1,400+ courses that are completely free. Many do have certificates that you need to pay for, but access to all the course materials is free – including the graded assignments.

None of these 85 courses belong to a Coursera Specialization. And Coursera is only keeping them free until the end of May 2020.

These courses come from around 50 universities, including:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Georgia Tech
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Caltech
  • Duke
  • and Imperial College London.

Some of the courses also come directly from companies like Google and Amazon.

It's also worth noting that eight of these newly-free courses are ranked among Class Central’s best online courses of all time.

Here is the full list of free courses that have free certifications until May, ranked by their reviews: