By Steve Kolowich
Coursera, the Silicon Valley-based provider of massive open online courses, announced on Thursday a series of deals with state universities that would place the young company squarely in the middle of the current upheaval in public higher education.
The company, which has made its name by working outside higher education’s tuition-based credentialing system, announced partnerships with 10 public institutions that would extend well beyond providing support for new MOOCs.
Under the new deals, Coursera is recasting itself as a platform for credit-bearing courses that would be offered to students enrolled at multiple campuses within a public-university system.
The deals mark a shift for Coursera, which until now has focused on making free, online versions of courses taught by professors at elite colleges.
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Deals-With-10-Public/139533/ ]