Earlier this month, Coursera suspended an online course offered by Georgia Institute of Technology because of technical problems. The company hopes to relaunch the course, “Fundamentals of Online Education,” in the near future, Ng said.
Last week, a professor at the University of California, Irvine said he would stop teaching a Coursera economics course halfway through the term because of disagreements over how to run the class.
Since the instructor already created the instructional materials, the course will continue as scheduled, with little disruption for students, Ng said, adding that teaching a MOOC “really isn’t for everyone.”
“We’re all experimenting still with what makes sense for MOOCs,” Ng said. “There will be missteps along the way.”
Coursera currently offers 220 courses from 33 institutions and has almost 2.8 million registered users who have signed up for nearly 10 million courses. Only a fraction of enrollees actually complete the courses, in part because it’s easy and free to sign up.
The 29 new Coursera partners include Chinese University of Hong Kong, Technical University of Denmark, National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as the universities of Copenhagen, Geneva and Toyko.
EdX, which currently offers 25 courses from six universities and has 700,000 registered users, will add six new members: Australian National University, Delft University of Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, McGill University, Rice University and the University of Toronto.
Delft University in the Netherlands will be the first edX partner to provide courses as “open content,” which means that other universities are free to incorporate the materials in their offerings, said Agarwal.
“People can reuse it and remix it,” Agarwal said. “It enables courses to get better and better over time by allowing people to share content.”
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