/// MOOC Madness Continues: Coursera Raises $43M
Coursera , which launched just more than a year ago to provide massive open online courses (MOOCs), is riding the wave of online education excitement to a significant chunk of funding. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has raised $43M in Series B funding from GSV Capital, the investment arm of the World Bank, Laureate Education Inc, Learn Capital and Yuri Milner, as well as previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. Coursera has registered four million students and started bringing in revenue around verifying students so they can take courses for credential credit. It competes with other MOOC providers like Udacity and edX , which also have substantial funding and support from prestigious universities and respected professors. Coursera’s big strength has been partnering with institutions — 83 schools around the world — said co-founder Daphne Koller in an interview Tuesday. But the startup still has a long way to go on its platform, mobile support, social and group work, as well as assessments, she said. Some may argue that MOOCs are not a proper substitute for college, but Koller noted she would prefer to focus on the potential for students from emerging economies to get access to classes. ”It’s about do you have an education at all,” she said. Though Coursera has been “frugal” with its previous $22 million Series A round, Koller explained the rationale for taking more money was borne out of the size of opportunity to change global education. A Stanford engineering professor who helped originate the concept of the MOOC in 2010, Koller said, “If you talk to people in the know, there are relatively few sectors that have not yet been transformed by technology — arguably healthcare, government, education and maybe energy.