The whole MOOC movement has made a massive splash over the last year, but it's hard to dispute that Coursera have led the way in the innovation stakes.
Earlier this year they became the first MOOC to offer certification to students that complete their courses. Then this month they announced plans to offer teacher training related materials via the site in addition to innovative partnerships with text book publishers.
So it's no surprise to see them announce a further innovation today. They have revealed a further expansion of the institutions they work with, adding another 10 American universities to their platform.
What's more, the partnerships with these universities are very much two way. Much in the way Udacity and Georgia Tech have teamed up to allow students to complete a masters degree in computer science purely online, the new Coursera arrangement will see colleges adding the MOOC to their own courses.
The following schools will be joining the Coursera family:
- State University of New York (SUNY)
- Tennessee Board of Regents
- University of Tennessee Systems
- University of Colorado System
- University of Houston System
- University of Kentucky
- University of Nebraska
- University of New Mexico
- University System of Georgia
- West Virginia University
The universities have a combined student base of over 1.25 million and they team up with the 3.6 million strong student body on Coursera.
The arrangement differs from previous deals between Coursera and universities however. Whereas traditionally schools offer classes to the Coursera community via the platform, with this arrangement it is much more collaborative.
“We think the coming decade will see a transformation in the way education is delivered, where teachers and online content come together to better serve students on campus and beyond,” Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in a statement. “With this announcement, we take a step further in our goal to expand quality education to all,” Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng added.
It signals another step towards the inevitable coming together of MOOCs and traditional universities.