Vanderbilt partners with online consortium to offer free, non-credit courses

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:05am

Vanderbilt University has announced it will offer free, online, non-credit courses led by faculty members via the digital learning consortium Coursera starting next spring, according to the university.

Vanderbilt joins 16 other universities — including Johns Hopkins, Duke, Princeton and Rice — in participating in Coursera, an online education platform that works with the universities to provide open access at no cost to participants.

Coursera was developed at Stanford University last fall by computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, and first began offering courses from partner universities in April of this year.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said, “Partnering with Coursera will allow Vanderbilt to move forward with our digital learning strategy while leveraging the university’s existing strengths — our unique on-campus experience; our culture that blends extraordinary teaching with world-class research; and our breadth of disciplines and collaboration — to broaden our path and chart powerful new ways to engage Vanderbilt students and learners worldwide.”

The first round of Vanderbilt courses are set to include:

• Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

• Research Data Management: Best Practice and Applied Methods Innovation Strategy: Managing Innovation and Creativity in Individuals, Groups, and Organizations

• Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

• Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software

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2 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 9/19/12 at 1:24

Those classes sound stupid. And, the descriptions are typical edutard gobbley-gook.

By: Kosh III on 9/20/12 at 7:01

It makes sense to those who progressed past the 2nd grade.