A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This depends on your ambition and if you take courses sequentially or in parallel. The Value Creation through Innovation Specialization comprises 5 courses. If taken in sequence the courses take about 30 weeks to complete, but you should be able to decrease this to about 15 weeks if running courses in parallel.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No specific background knowledge is required. However, a general knowledge regarding technology and/or business is helpful. The courses are equivalent to courses given on a university Bachelor or Master level.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
The four first courses should be completed prior to taking the capstone course. The order of the first four courses is up to you. If courses are taken in sequence, then we recommend the order as illustrated.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
In general you will be able to assess, prepare for and capitalize of new business opportunities arising for the introduction of new technologies. We usually describe this as that you will be able to draw the map of what the future business landscape will look like, decide on a destination on that map and learn how to get to a desired destination. This includes understanding the impact of new technologies and how it can transform existing markets and industries, as well as creating new, general innovation and entrepreneurship tools, methods and skills (design thinking, business modeling, funding etc.) as well as marketing strategy. These are essential skills when working with tech driven transformation within an existing organization or when creating a new venture based on a new emerging technology.
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