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.
The following courses have been developed by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to be available for free to people all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined these courses, and we encourage you to do so too. Click on the course links below for more information or to enroll.
Currently Accepting Enrollments:
- Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology, “The Psychology of Popularity”
- William Ferris, Center for the Study of the American South: “The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art”
- Lorraine Alexander and Karin Yeatts, Gillings School of Global Public Health: “Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health.”
- Evan Feldman, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences: “Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles”
- Buck Goldstein, UNC-Chapel Hill and Holden Thorp, Washington University: “What’s Your Big Idea?”
Pending Future Offerings:
- Don Hornstein, School of Law: “Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy”
- Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology: “Positive Psychology”
- Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer: “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” (This course is offered in partnership with Duke University and Emory University.)
- Jeff Pomerantz, School of Information and Library Science: “Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information”
Coursera’s online course platform is free and 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.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a future course, please contact Friday Center director, Robert Bruce, at firstname.lastname@example.org.