The Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee system announced the implementation of Coursera, a web-based tool that education officials hope will expand online learning for college students.
The TBR and UT systems will start with an 18-month pilot program using Coursera this fall that will provide a mix of online-only and hybrid classes, which will provide online and traditional class instruction.
“The company’s online course technology provides an innovative format that allows for student interactions to be quickly analyzed, so course content can be adjusted to help improve learning,” TBR Chancellor John Morgan said. “We’d like to see if that can help us help students become more successful.”
The first two Coursera courses the TBR will implement this fall are chemistry and algebra. Morgan said that if the courses provide positive results, they could look to expand the agreement.
The Coursera experiment is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative to increase the percentage of Tennessee adults with college degrees.