Which license should I get? Dataquest or Coursera?

If you are looking to learn programming from a beginner level or hone your existing programing skills, Dataquest is a good choice. Courses are laid out in a learning path that takes you from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels. Courses include programming in Python, R, SQL, Unix/Bash as well as Machine Learning, Data Visualization and Probability/Statistics.

On the Dataquest platform, you can work at your own pace through the content. There are no deadlines on your progress. With the Dataquest interactive learning platform, you will type in the commands as you learn and receive immediate feedback and assistance as needed. As you advance, you will be able to work on projects with real world data to apply your new skills.

If you’re looking for molecular biology, genomics or bioinformatics content however, Coursera may be the better choice for you. This platform contains thousands of courses developed by experts all over the world. There are plenty of programming courses here as well. In Coursera, you are guided by videos as you go through the content. When you sign up for a class, you are given weekly deadlines for completion of lessons. It is not work at your own pace. You become a student in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and are expected to finish assignments on time.

Both Dataquest and Coursera offer online course certificates on completion that you can add to your resume or CV.


Please choose which license you’d like to sign up for and complete the online application below. If you have questions about the licenses, please contact us at ncibtep@nih.gov

There is no cost to learners for these licenses.

In order to maximize usage of the licenses, we ask that you contact us if you will no longer be using the license. If there is no activity on your license for a period of time, it may be recycled to a new user. All of your progress on the platform will be saved and you can rejoin at any time.


To apply for a Dataquest license, please fill out the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NPCBKT

Then, create a free account on Dataquest.io with your NIH email address.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email invitation from Dataquest. Please check your email folders for this message.


If you’re interested in a Coursera license, please fill out the application at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BYYXS6X using your NIH email address.

You will receive an invitation email from Coursera when your license is ready. Please check all your email folders.


These Coursera and Dataquest licenses are for intramural NCI CCR personnel only.