Online Learning Update

May 30, 2012

California company possible partner for UI online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Christine Des Garennes, News-Gazette

The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of partnering with Coursera, a California company that offers free online courses. UI Vice President and Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise has asked the faculty senate to convene an ad hoc committee that will explore any academic issues that could come along with a possible partnership. Meanwhile, a separate committee is taking a look at the potential legal, pedagogical, financial and logistical implications, said Rob Rutenbar, professor and head of the UI’s Department of Computer Science. Coursera has garnered media attention recently for its growing offering of free “MOOCs” — massive, open online courses.

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