Moving in on MOOCs

With technology, everything you’ve ever wanted is available to you with just a few clicks — including your education, The Daily Cougar. The UH System jumped on the massive open online course bandwagon in May, announcing participation with Coursera — one of the four prominent companies within the MOOCs industry. The collaboration with Coursera gives students and professors access to the free courses. “This agreement allows the University of Houston to use the Coursera platform to offer MOOCs and to pay to use the Coursera platform to offer current UH courses,” said Jeff Morgan, interim associate provost for Education and Technology Innovation. “In the latter case, the Coursera platform simply becomes another learning management system, like Blackboard Learn or CourseWare.” UH isn’t the only university cozying up to Coursera. The 15-month-old company, founded by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, already has 84 universities and systems contributing content and more than 4 million students enrolled.

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