Coursera, an online platform that provides massive open online courses (MOOC), is launching a new initiative that will help post-secondary institutions deliver job-relevant online courses.
The Coursera for Campus offered by the MOOC provider will allow universities, even those who aren’t Coursera’s partners to access more than 3,600 multi-disciplinary high-quality courses.
The new initiative will allow universities to integrate Coursera courses into their core curricula as credit-eligible, which is determined by the credit-granting institution and enable faculty members to create and scale online learning programs.
“The market for skills is evolving, and education must evolve with it. To reduce skills gaps and spread opportunity widely, we need to be flexible and adaptive,” said Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University.
It also allows faculty and staff to rapidly fill the skill gaps in emerging areas and increase alumni engagement by serving their learning needs throughout their careers.
“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,” Kevin Pitts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign said.
“Coursera for Campus has already proven to be a valuable resource for our on-campus populations, and we look forward to using the program to engage our students beyond degree programs,” he added.