Ed-tech startup Coursera has announced that 29 more schools will offer courses on its online platform, bringing its total to 62 schools.
“This latest round of expansion clearly demonstrates that the interest in open access education is a very global phenomenon,” said cofounder Daphne Coller (featured, top left at a meetup) in an interview with VentureBeat. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer a much more international educational experience to Coursera students.”
The new colleges and universities that have signed up include Northwestern University, City University of Hong Kong, National Taiwan University, IE Business School in Spain, and Rochester University. 16 of these institutions are outside the U.S.
Over the next few months, Coursera will offer about 90 new courses, taught in a variety of languages including French, Spanish, and Chinese.
The company has attracted nearly 2.8 million students to enroll in its video courses. But public confidence in massive open online courses, dubbed “MOOC’s,” has not been consistent. Last week, Coursera had to suspend one its online courses due to technical glitches and complaints.
However, a positive sign is that Silicon Valley-based Coursera announced that students can now apply credit to their college degree for five of its free courses. The company was the first to gain a recommendation from American Council on Education (ACE).
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