UChicago signs with Coursera, begins online education experiment

by the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago will begin offering free, not-for-credit, online courses later this year in partnership with education company Coursera. On the recommendation of two provost-appointed faculty committees, chaired by Prof. Roy E. Weiss, Deputy Provost for Research, and Michael Schill, dean of the Law School, and charged to deliberate on the University’s posture towards online course offerings for credit and not-for-credit, University leaders have decided to proceed on a path that will allow faculty to experiment, on a voluntary basis, with different online venues that might provide additional reach for their teaching and research. “The committees’ very University of Chicago recommendations—emphasizing experimentation, rigorous evaluation and faculty oversight—should permit us to address student, faculty and alumni needs while preserving flexibility in rapidly developing terrain,” said Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum.

http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/06/04/uchicago-signs-coursera-begins-online-education-experiment

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