SkillSets are now available for you to use in product. With SkillSets, you can build targeted learning programs fast and help focus your learners towards job-based goals that are core to your organization’s objectives.
If you want to understand what SkillSets are and how they relate to Academies, read below. If you are interested in learning more about implementing SkillSets, read Use SkillSets. If you are interested in learning more about reporting SkillSets, read Report SkillSets.
What is a SkillSet and which ones are available today?
SkillSets are turnkey, job-based learning programs that develop target skill proficiencies with world-class courses and hands-on Guided Projects. With SkillSets, your employees will see content recommendations that help them get to the next level—and they won’t be weighed down by content they don’t need to learn. Choose from over 100 SkillSets that encompass high-impact jobs like cloud architects, data scientists, machine learning engineers, and in-demand skills like being data-driven, Python-proficient, and Tensorflow-specialized, and more.
There are some SkillSets spanning marketing, product, and sales as well as many SkillSets in cybersecurity that are not necessarily part of an Academy. In the future, as we package more Academies, you will see them appear in the product. We are adding SkillSets in many skill domains and will release these into the platform over the year. The next batch of SkillSets – in the marketing and finance skill domains – will be released toward the end of April.
Who is it available for?
SkillSets are a good fit if you have a challenge around content curation or driving discovery of relevant content. Today, SkillSets are available for all Coursera for Business direct sale customers. Some Coursera for Government direct sale customers also have this feature enabled. Other customers can contact their CSM to get access.
This feature is not available for Coursera for Teams customers.
How are SkillSets different from collections?
Collections are a way for you to deliver a selection of the Coursera catalog to learners. SkillSets offer a skill-first learning experience designed to deliver essential skills for critical jobs.
Compared with Collections, learners in SkillSets can see clearer expectations of skills expected on the job, get personalized recommendations that match their current skill level, and automatically see new releases auto-surfaced, and in relevant context. 90% of learners in the beta experience reported increased motivation to accomplish skill goals.
Collections offer you a way to save relevant courses and organize them for learners, and all skill tracking is aggregated in the Skill Development Dashboards. Once you implement SkillSets, you will see aggregated skill tracking and will save time from having to curate and update content. SkillSets allow you to set explicit learning goals for employees, track progress, drive action toward skill goals, and report on ROI of upskilling per SkillSet.
How much do they cost?
SkillSets are available with purchase of the Coursera Unlimited License.
What is an Academy and which ones are available today?
Academies are total skill development solutions that drive data, digital, and technological literacy, upskill teams with critical skills, and reskill talent for in-demand jobs. They are comprised of SkillSets.
You can add Academies to your program. They will include a bundle of expert-curated SkillSets.
Sometimes an Academy may contain more SkillSets than your organization needs. However, if you do not have the time to curate content to each type of learner, implementing a full Academy is an easy way to enable learners to see all the relevant SkillSets in that Academy—and they can choose the ones that are most relevant to them.
In the future, as we package more Academies, you will see them appear in the product. Academies in the product as of February 24 are Data Science Academy, Cloud Academy, and Software Engineering Academy, and the associated SkillSets.
How does the content recommendation algorithm work for SkillSets?
There’s a lot of content on Coursera. The SkillSet content recommendation algorithm sorts through content, parsing, and matching skills with roles, levels, and content. SkillSet names like “[skill]-specialized [job]” are generated, along with the content recs. We have a process in place where subject matter experts from our Content Strategy team vet the recommendations before publishing SkillSets on the platform.