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Is this part of Coursera's monetization strategy - i.e. finder's fees for successful placement? I think this form of monetizing would be much less disruptive to the goal of providing quality free education than alternatives (ads, sponsored courses, etc). Anyone have some insight to this?

That has always been the assumption. When the first few Coursera courses finished, a few top students were offered chances to interview at certain companies.

It sure feels shady to me. It's a blatant case of "you are the product" if you see where all the players stand.

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