Chegg, a company best known as a textbook rental site, and Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, have entered into a new strategic partnership to provide digital content such as eTextbooks and other supplemental tools to students taking Coursera courses online. This collaboration will provide students improved access to a more informative learning experience.
In collaboration with Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, SAGE, and other publishers, Chegg will provide free eTextbooks and supplemental digital content to students taking classes on Coursera.
Through the partnership, Coursera students will a be able to purchase Chegg material, as well as receive some publisher content for free. They will also be able to make use of other Chegg features, including Q&A forums, search and highlight options.
“Our collaboration with Chegg and top publishers allows us to give Coursera students access to the reading material that is such an important aspect of many educational experiences, supporting our goal of learning without limits,” commented Coursera cofounder Koller. With the number of students attracted to MOOCs that has become even more important. Since Coursera launched in April 2012, it has registered more than 3 million students worldwide, and has course enrollments of 1.45 million per month.