How to access the programming assignments after completing the course?

Hello everyone,

Two months ago I completed the Deep Learning specialization. Now, I’ve been wanting to do some ML projects of my own and I wanted to look at the programming assignments I did on the course. However, they’re blocked to me. Since I’ve completed the course and am no longer subscribed I no longer have access to them. Looking back I should have just downloaded the jupyter notebooks but I didn’t know they’d be blocked in the future.

So, is there any way to access the assignments again? Do I really have to buy a new subscription just for that?

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Yes, the assignments are behind the paywall. There is a topic about that on the FAQ Thread, although it’s a little late for that now.

If you want your personal copies, I don’t know any way other than subscribing for one month. Then download everything before that one month expires, so that you don’t have to keep paying. And I guess there is no guarantee that they don’t delete your files when you unsubscribe. Sorry, but the mentors don’t have to deal with the subscription process so I’m not really sure how it works. You could ask Coursera. Try clicking the small blue square ? lower right on any of the course pages to get to Coursera Help and see if you can find an answer.

This happened to me as well. In my case, I wanted to review the notebooks I have completed several months ago and even though I had a valid subscription, I could not recovered my submitted work. I guess it is deleted after a while?

It would be ideal if one could go back and access the submitted work. Recently I have been saving local copies when I complete an assignment. A less ideal but still an improvement, would be to provide an option at the end of each course to download all the submitted work.

They don’t automatically delete your work, but what probably happened in your case is that the courses were completely updated between when you finished them and when you tried access them again. There was a major rewrite of everything that got published in April 2021. No previously completed work survived that transition.

Keeping your own copies is really the only way. You don’t trust your hard-drives never to fail (right?), so why would you assume big complex websites never lose anything.

The other thing that can happen is that just a normal bug fix or update to an assignment will move any completed ones aside (preserving them with the date and time interpolated into the file name). So if you just naively open the assignment, you’ll see a clean copy, but you could find and recover your old work by clicking “File → Open” and having a look around. There is a topic about this on the DLS FAQ Thread linked in my earlier reply on this thread.

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