Five U.S. Universities To Offer Free Online Courses


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Five prestigious U.S. universities will teach free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform called Coursera.

The courses will be  designed and taught by professors at Stanford, Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. Universities will offer subjects ranging from Greek mythology to Neurology, from Calculus to Contemporary American poetry through the website,

Spelling out its USP, founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng say Coursera will be different because professors from top schools will teach under their university’s name and will adapt their most popular courses for the web, embedding assignments and exams into video lectures, answering questions from students on online forums — even, perhaps, hosting office hours via videoconference.

Features of Coursera platform inclucde Multiple-choice and short-answer tests, which will be computer scored, and it will  soon unveil a system of peer grading to assess more complex work, such as essays or algorithms.

Coursera may offer “certificates of completion” or transcripts for a fee.

The company may also seek to turn a profit by connecting employers with students who have shown aptitude in a particular field.Also participating universities expect to benefit by boosting their reputation overseas, connecting with far-flung alumni and hope to bring in donations from grateful online students. This will increase their impact on the world.

Read More At News Source: Reuters

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