As revenue trickles in, profit from MOOCs is a "welcome surprise"


The University of Colorado is starting to see some revenue from the free, massive open online courses it offers to the world through the website Coursera.

Though course content is still free, students are beginning to pay for certificates showing they've completed a CU course or a multi-course unit in the same subject.

Since September, these online course certificates have generated roughly $110,000 across the CU system, a number that is likely to go up this spring with the launch of new multi-course units, said Deborah Keyek-Franssen, associate vice president for digital...

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