The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a new partnership with Coursera, an online education company that provides a platform for delivery of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS). Coursera partners with the top universities around the world to offer non-credit courses online for anyone to take, for free.
UNC will produce its first MOOCs through Coursera's online platform in the fall of 2013. Five Carolina faculty members will initially offer four courses through Coursera:
“Partnering with Coursera represents one more way we can make Carolina and the high-quality teaching of our faculty accessible to online learners. This is the next logical step to expanding our online presence along with some of the very best universities in the world. We look forward to learning from our experiences with Coursera as we continue evaluating the right approaches to online education for our campus and our future students in North Carolina and beyond.” —Chancellor Holden Thorp
As the University’s primary outreach and continuing education unit, the Friday Center will serve an ongoing role in the development of these non-credit Coursera offerings as well as continued expansion of Carolina’s credit-based online learning opportunities.
Coursera launched in April 2012 and currently offers 90 courses from some of the world’s top academic institutions, covering a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science. To date, the company has 2.8 million registered users, with nearly 1.45 million course enrollments each month. Coursera’s online course platform is available to anyone, anywhere. It uses a blend of video lecture segments, interactive quizzes, online message forums and other measures to teach students and later evaluate their mastery of subject material. For more information, visit Coursera.org.
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty interested in submitting a proposal for authoring and teaching MOOCS should contact Friday Center Director Rob Bruce for current information about timelines and proposal deadlines.