Coursera Offers Its 3,600-Course Catalog to Non-Affiliated Universities

IBL News | New York

Coursera announced Coursera for Campus on October 3rd.

This initiative is designed to allow any university, including those who are not partners, to supplement their course curricula with Coursera’s 3,600-course catalog.

These universities will also be able to access Coursera’s analytics as well as author content, assessments, and labs. Features such as single sign-on (SSO) and API integration will be available too. (However, full functionality will roll out over the coming months.)

Coursera for Campus is available via a licensing model. “Each license grants access to the Coursera catalog, enabling learners to take as many courses as they want in a year,” explained a Coursera representative to IBL News. “As part of Coursera for Campus, universities can also use tools to author and scale online courses for free.”

“With more than 300 million people entering the workforce in the next 10 years, universities urgently need to augment their capacity to meet the aspirations of a young and growing demographic,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “With access to content from 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators, higher education institutions can easily enhance their existing curricula with critical digital skills and author online courses to keep pace with what employers need.”  

Coursera for Campus has been launched after pilots with over 20 universities, including Duke University, University of Illinois, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education. “It complements our core curriculum,” explained Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University.

“In today’s rapidly changing landscape, it’s important to create lifelong learning experiences for our students and staff to stay competitive in the workforce,” said Kevin Pitts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

“It is time we bring the benefits of our platform to the remaining 99% of 20,000 universities worldwide and help them take a digital leap,” added Jeff Maggioncalda.

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Video: Coursera for Campus Global Launch (event in India)