U.S. State Department and Coursera partner to support free education in over 30 countries

The State Departments’ goal is having more foreigners learn English and experience the U.S. education system.

U.S. embassies around the world this fall are hosting weekly discussions for students enrolled in free online courses, called MOOCs, in partnership with Coursera, the Silicon Valley-based platform with over 5 million users. Embassy employees and Fulbright fellows (Fulbright being an academic exchange program sponsored by the State Department) will volunteer to host the discussions. There will be over 30 sites to begin with, in countries like India, China, and Bolivia. Topics include English, science, technology, engineering, business, and U.S. civics.

 

 

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Coursera earned $1 million in revenue from its verified certificate program

Coursera students who completed the verified certificate program.

Online education startup Coursera, for the first time is sharing details on how it’s faring on the money-making front: the company said it’s earned $1 million from the verified certificate program it launched in January.

 

 

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Providers of free online higher education add more schools, including foreign schools

Coursera adds 29 universities and institutes to their online venture.

Providers of free online higher education are expanding the ranks of universities that contribute courses to their Web sites.  They are also adding many schools from outside the United States.

 

 

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Coursera moves closer to academic acceptance

Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, Stanford University computer science professors who started Coursera,

Coursera, an online-education provider is one step closer to academic acceptance, saying Thursday that the American Council on Education would recommend colleges grant credit for the successful completion of some of its free classes.

 

 

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Coursera – best new startup of 2012

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Tech Crunch has picked Coursera as the 2012 Crunchies’ “Best Overall Startup” for 2012.  Coursera was chosen because more than anything else our country is heading into a period where higher education and job training is not catching up with the pace of innovation.  The creative part of “creative destruction” has not yet kicked in. Coursera has opened up access to proprietary content, over 200 courses from over 33 top international and domestic schools like Stanford and Princeton and is one of the bright points of light pointing towards value and job creation in the creative space.

 

 

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College credit eyed for massive open online courses

  A pilot project will determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit.

While MOOC’s, massive open online courses, are still in their early days, the race has begun to integrate them into traditional colleges by making hem eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses.

 

 

 

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A dozen big-name universities join Coursera to offer free online classes

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In the last week, more universities signed on with Coursera.

Free online courses from prestigious universities were a rarity a few months ago. Now, they are the cause for announcements every few weeks, as a field suddenly studded with big-name colleges and competing software platforms evolves with astonishing speed.

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More colleges taking online education to a new level

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Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses.

There is a shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education.  Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce  that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

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