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Coursera Adds More to Their Educational Offering

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Yesterday MOOC network Coursera released news of an increasing number of teacher training courses launching on the site.

They have continued their march into the education market with an announcement that they are to partner with Chegg.  Chegg are a student hub that supply various educational tools and materials.

In addition, Coursera revealed that they are partnering with five publishers to offer students free textbooks for the duration of their courses.

Professors teaching courses via Coursera will now be able to offer high-quality educational content in the form of eTextbooks, in addition to the video lectures and web links that they currently provide.  The ebooks will be delivered via Chegg's DRM protected eReader.  The DRM limitation will allow for the content to be offered gratis only during the duration of the course.

The partnership will see textbooks offered from leading publishers such as Sage, Wiley, Oxford University Press and Macmillan Higher Education.

In return for offering their publications free of charge, Coursera will be offering the publishers extensive usage data, plus of course the potential to upsell the full rights to the books to students.

“We recognize the importance of forging partnerships with other stakeholders in the education space in order to help students overcome barriers and evolve the way they access education,” Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in a statement. “By collaborating with Chegg, Cengage, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, Sage, and Wiley, we are able to provide access to some of the world’s best resources to Coursera students, supporting our goal of learning without limits.”