Launching our short courses on Coursera is an exciting time for both us as a leading university and for higher education across the world
The University of London International Programmes has launched four free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera online platform, making it the first English university to do so.
The courses include engaging content and activities for Coursera learners, developed by the University of London International Programmes through collaboration with course teams from the Colleges of the University of London (Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway and the Undergraduate Laws Consortium).
Students have the opportunity to learn new skills in six weeks, ranging from how to write a programme for applications on mobile and hand held devices, to critically assessing the use of film and other media in the reporting of historical events in the twentieth century.
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: “Launching our short courses on Coursera is an exciting time for both us as a leading university and for higher education across the world.”
Professor Smith added: “Both Coursera and the University of London share a common mission based around access. By combining our experience, which is essentially delivering distance and flexible education since 1858, with Coursera’s innovative technology, it provides us with the scope to explore for even greater access to life-long learning.”
Michael Kerrison, Director of Academic Development for the University of London International Programmes, said: “Students who enjoy their experience with Coursera may be interested in joining the University of London International Programmes by enrolling on a related course, namely BSc Creative Computing; MSc Information Security; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and BA History.”
He added: “Each of these degree programmes form part of the portfolio of over 100 programmes taken by 54,000 students in 180 countries. These students study as independent learners or with local support from over 70 institutions recognised by the University of London. All students are required to meet the University’s entry requirements for their chosen programme. Although the Coursera courses are not accredited by the University of London, their completion does demonstrate the aptitude and skills required of students wishing to complete a full study programme with the International Programmes.”
Learners interested in any of the four University of London short courses - for which over 205,000 people have already registered - can still register at no cost through the Coursera site.
FAQs on Coursera
Q. What do students get at the end of completing a short course through Coursera?
A. Students who have achieved the requisite grade at the end of the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment issued by Coursera.
Q. Will students be able to enrol onto one of the University of London International Programmes’ full study programmes following the completion of a short course with Coursera?
A. We hope that students completing the short course through Coursera will be attracted to register for one of our 100+ study programmes, which to date has 54,000 students in 190 countries.
Q. Will the Statement of Accomplishment issued by Coursera carry any accreditation when coming to register for a full study programme with the International Programmes?
A. No exemptions will be offered to students enrolling for a full degree programme because the Coursera short courses do not carry accreditation. All students enrolling onto a full study programme with the International Programmes have to meet the entrance requirements for their chosen programme. However, completion of the short course does demonstrate the aptitude and ability we look for in our students, such as learning skills and the determination to succeed.