In early, 2013, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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-Chapel Hill developed five MOOCs in the first year of the Coursera partnership. Although most of these courses have completed their initial offerings, follow-up offerings of each course are planned. If you would like to be notified when new offerings are scheduled, click on the course links below and add your name to the watchlist.
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
In 2014-2015, production of new MOOCS will be limited to two new courses. A request for proposals was issued in December 2013. Full proposals will be approved for production in March. One new course will be developed for a September, 2014 launch date; another will be developed for a February, 2015 launch. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a future course, please contact Friday Center director, Robert Bruce, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Need to Know About MOOCs (Chronicle of Higher Education)