UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State today (Feb. 21) joined the leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Coursera, making it possible for the University to provide courses on a vast scale and open higher education to hundreds of thousands more students than was previously possible.
Penn State joins 33 other well-known institutions around the globe already offering courses through Coursera and will provide immediate open enrollment for its initial classes. Coursera, a for-profit industry leader in large-scale online education, partners with top universities in the world to offer free courses for anyone, with the hope that the world’s best institutions will educate not only thousands of students, but millions. Penn State and 28 more institutions now join universities such as Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Stanford and Duke, in providing Coursera course offerings to the masses. With the addition of this group of institutions, Coursera has nearly doubled the number of universities offering courses.
“Penn State will be part of a movement that can provide broader access to higher education,” said Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson. “This partnership offers us an opportunity to not only open educational doors to people who may not otherwise have an opportunity, but to also showcase the innovative work of our faculty and their courses.”
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