University of North Texas expands access to online learning with new Coursera partnership

July 2, 2019 | University of North Texas 

The University of North Texas soon will offer non-credit, online courses in a variety of subjects through Coursera, giving more learners access to world-class educational content created and taught by UNT faculty.

The university recently inked a deal with the popular online education company, joining an elite group of higher education institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and more.

The massive open online course (MOOC) format allows students to engage with course content on their own schedule and at their own pace. Learners have the option to either enroll in the course to listen to the videos and explore content for free or to pay a fee to complete the quizzes and receive a certification. The Coursera Certification is the second most cited credential on LinkedIn.

“We plan to launch three to five MOOCs within the next year,” said Adam Fein, UNT vice president of digital strategy and innovation. “In support of our mission to provide access to education, our plan is to continue to explore options to give North Texas students and learners from around the globe flexible learning options and more ways to help them reach academic and career goals.”

Non-credit courses offer students an opportunity to prep for actual for-credit courses.

“Engaging with courses on the Coursera platfrom gives learners access to the subject matter but also a sense of ethos of being a UNT student and exposure to UNT faculty who care deeply about teaching students and quality learning outcomes,” said Karen Bollinger, UNT assistant vice president of digital growth.

A Tier-One research university, UNT regularly ranks among the nation’s top 100 schools, including top marks for some of its online programs.

“We are pleased to partner with UNT and look forward to adding UNT courses to the Coursera learning platform that currently serves 40 million learners, 1,800 businesses and over 150 top universities,” said Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.