Coursera Adds Caltech, Duke and other Partner Universities

Source: Inside Higher Ed, Jul 2012

A dozen more universities have signed partnerships with Coursera, a company that provides hosting services for massively open online courses (MOOCs), the company announced today. Coursera’s new partners include the University of Virginia, … the California Institute of Technology, Duke University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (in Switzerland), Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, and the Universities of California at San Francisco, Edinburgh (U.K.), Illinois, Toronto and Washington.

Sticking to its theme of hosting “elite” MOOCs, Coursera plans to adapt the most highly reputed parts of each new partner’s curriculum — medicine and public health courses from UCSF and Johns Hopkins, biology and life sciences courses from Duke, business and software courses from Washington, and so on. Those institutions join Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania as Coursera partners.

“We’re trying to work with top universities with high academic standards and good teaching,” says Andrew Ng, who co-founded Coursera this year with former Stanford colleague Daphne Koller.

Repeating what has become a common refrain among traditional institutions, officials at several of the universities said they are hoping that experimenting with MOOCs will help their professors develop teaching techniques that they can use to improve their traditional classroom-based courses. These could include replacing some lectures with online modules that students can work through outside the classroom in hope of freeing up class time for more interactive projects and exercises — an increasingly popular method known as “flipping the classroom.”



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