Two million took online AI courses in 2019 — and that includes CEOs as well

Two million took online AI courses in 2019 — and that includes CEOs as well

Indian students are enhancing their digital capabilities by taking up courses in artificial intelligence, blockchain and machine learning.

According to the online learning platform Coursera, artificial Intelligence is the most in-demand subject, followed by its specialisations. As many as 2 million enrolled in the course in 2019.

“With the growing relevance of new age skills needed to keep pace with the changing workplace, employers are acknowledging the importance for stackable credentials. Therefore, there is a need to upskill talent and to advance careers, increase employability, and boost businesses,” said Raghav Gupta, managing director of Coursera- India and APAC.
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From a basic course targeting a layman to understand — AI for everyone — to tech centric programming and machine learning concepts, it is safe to say that 2019 has been a year of AI.

“In India, we have observed more and more executives and C-suite level officials have been enrolling in AI courses over the past year realizing its significant impact on business,” Gupta added.

Here are the 10 most popular courses of 2019, according to Coursera.

Machine Learning by Stanford University

Machine learning has been the most sought after online course. It includes modules on introduction to machine learning, pattern recognition, and data mining techniques. It also provides access to case studies and applications to understand the algorithms.

Programming for everybody (Getting started with Python) by University of Michigan

University of Michigan’s “Programming for everyone” is the second most popular course in the country after Stanford’s Machine Learning. The course educates on basics of Python programming language. It includes tutorials on writing short codes in Python that requires understanding of simple mathematics.

Neural Networks and Deep learning by

With the advent of AI and automation, deep learning engineers are much in demand. The course helps learners understand technologies behind deep learning algos, neural networks — its architecture and implementation. It will teach how deep learning works, practically.

AI for everyone by

Not just techies, AI for everyone targets learners from all sectors and levels. The course introduces AI terminologies — data science concepts, machine learning, deep learning among others. The programme will teach how to build an AI strategy to increase productivity.

What is Data Science by IBM

Data Science involves analysing trends and insights around the data to increase efficiency. The course teaches how data science works in today’s world.

Google Cloud Platform fundamentals: Core Infrastructure by Google Cloud

The Google Cloud course talks of the concepts of working on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This includes computing and storage services in the platform — Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL and others.

It also involves the basics of policy management tools like access management on the platform.

Algorithms Part I by Princeton University


This course will help users gain Data Structure and Algorithms, and java programming skills. It contains topics on algorithms, its applications and analysis. The Part I includes elementary data structures, sorting, and searching algorithms.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects by University of California San Diego & McMaster University

Learning How to Learn engages learners in learning techniques by experts from various sectors like art, music, literature, math and science. The module tells how the brain predicts the learning modules and captures information. It includes topics such as dealing with procrastination, and best practices to understand tough subjects.

English for Career Development by University of Pennsylvania

The course is created by the University of Pennsylvania to help the people who are not native English speakers. The course — which is funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — introduces the job search, application and resume, and interview process in the United States.

It also helps the learners build vocabulary and improve language skills.

Introduction to TensorFlow for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning by

This course targets software engineers who want to advance their career in artificial intelligence. The course introduces tools to implement AI and understanding of Tensorflow Specialization — which is an open source framework for machine learning.

The edtech platform claims to have over 45 million learners across the world — including 5 million in India.

In a larger picture, the online education industry is also to gain with these digital advancements. It is expected to grow to 9.6 million users by 2021 from 1.6 million in 2016, according to a KPMG report.