UF offers free, online courses on Coursera

UF becomes one of 33 universities partnered with Coursera to expand the reach of its online courses.

Wednesday, Coursera announced that the University of Florida is among 17 prominent universities to sign agreements with Coursera to bring its courses online for free to expand education opportunities on university campuses and worldwide.

A student listens while in class

UF joins 17 other prominent universities by offering its courses for free online via Coursera. This expands education opportunities on university campuses and worldwide. Photo by Gaylor Photography.

With today’s announcement, Coursera now hosts 200 courses from 33 domestic and international universities and reaches more than 1.3 million students across the globe.

“The University of Florida has always been at the forefront of online education, so joining Coursera is a completely logical next step for us,” UF President Bernie Machen said. “As boundaries and limitations begin to disappear in the world of higher education, Coursera is clearly an up-and-coming player on the global stage and we look forward to partnering with them.”

Since its first course offerings six months ago, Coursera has accelerated toward its mission to educate millions worldwide, enrolling more than 1.3 million students around the world, building meaningful community engagement systems, and establishing advanced technologies to support learning online. The 17 universities joining Coursera’s platform today will expand the growing course roster, adding new and increasingly broad perspectives in the areas of music, medicine, humanities and more.

Students have access to valuable experiences beyond lectures and on-campus activities through Coursera’s extensive community engagement opportunities, which include in-person Meetups in more than 600 cities around the world, thousands of community forums on Coursera, and professor and student-organized networking. Coursera is also offering university professors opportunities to share their knowledge with larger audiences, explore new teaching methods in the classroom, and gain valuable feedback on student activity and educational outcomes.

“We set out to make education accessible to everyone around the world, and seeing our vision come to life has been an incredible experience,” said Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera. “With the addition of the exceptional, forward-thinking institutions coming on board today, we’re proud to offer an even more diverse experience to our students.”

New courses will join current university offerings on Coursera over the coming months. For a full list of course offerings across disciplines and universities or to enroll in an upcoming course, visit Coursera.org.

— Steve Orlando (BA ’86, MAMC ’07)

What is Coursera?

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company dedicated to providing more than a million students with education from the world’s top universities for free. Through its partnerships with universities, Coursera is able to bring a variety of education topics to people across the world with the hope of empowering them to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. For more information regarding the organization, visit its website at Coursera.org.

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