By Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera
Higher education worldwide is at a historic crossroads. With more than 300 million people entering the workforce in the next 10 years, universities urgently need to augment their capacity to meet the aspirations of a young and growing demographic. Employers rely on universities to provide them with graduates armed with the digital skills needed to drive their businesses in the age of AI and automation. But higher education in many countries finds it difficult to deliver — they are constrained by the capacity of their on-campus programs, lagging curricula, and the challenge of recruiting expert faculty required to launch new programs.
Since our founding, Coursera has worked with 170 of the best universities to expand access to world-class education. We have been fortunate to have partners who recognized the need to invest in digital learning early on as they scaled their programs for learners both on and off campus. Together, we have made a difference to a large problem, but there is so much more to be done. It is time we bring the benefits of our platform to the remaining 99% of 20,000 universities worldwide and help them take a digital leap.
Today, I’m thrilled to introduce Coursera for Campus, a new offering designed to help any university — even those outside of Coursera’s partner ecosystem — to use content on Coursera to deliver job-relevant, multi-disciplinary online learning to its learners.
Universities will have access to more than 3,600 high-quality courses to enhance their core curricula, offer credit-eligible* and supplemental learning to students, and deliver lifelong learning to their alumni, faculty, and staff. Faculty can use Coursera’s world-class tools to author content, assessments, and hands-on projects. Educators can also improve learner outcomes by tracking skill mastery and growth using Coursera’s powerful learning analytics.
Coursera for Campus gives universities the ability to:
- Provide current students with job-relevant learning and credentials –
Universities can integrate Coursera courses into their core curricula as credit-eligible*, blended, and supplemental learning. With world-class content and trend data from Coursera’s large learner base, the platform will offer pre-configured course collections for learners by domain areas (e.g. engineering, business, data science, law, health, arts, design etc.) Universities can directly offer these collections or swap out courses with new ones — either from the broader Coursera catalog or with courses they have authored themselves. Features such as single sign-on, API integration, gradebooks, and plagiarism detection will help universities seamlessly incorporate online learning into their on-campus programs.
- Enable faculty to author and scale online programs for free –
With Coursera’s world-class authoring tools, university faculty can easily experiment and publish private lessons, courses, assessments, and hands-on projects available only to their students and alumni. Faculty will also have access to learning analytics via the Course Progress and Skills Index Dashboards to understand student behavior, skill mastery, and growth.
- Deliver lifelong learning to alumni, faculty, and staff –
According to Deloitte, the half-life of a learned skill is now just five years. With Coursera for Campus, universities can increase alumni engagement by serving their learning needs throughout their career. Coursera for Campus enables faculty and staff to rapidly upskill and catch up on emerging areas. Universities can also use the platform to help incoming students be prepared on day one.
Coursera for Campus has been launched after extensive pilots in more than 20 university campuses around the world. Check out the experiences of pilot partners like Duke University, University of Illinois, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, who have been using the offering to serve their on-campus students, faculty, and staff:
“The market for skills is evolving, and education must evolve with it. To reduce skills gaps and spread opportunity widely, we need to be flexible and adaptive,” said Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University. “Coursera for Campus complements our core curriculum, allowing thousands of Duke students to advance their skills for a digital world.
“In today’s rapidly changing landscape, it’s important to create lifelong learning experiences for our students and staff to stay competitive in the workforce,” said Kevin Pitts Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Coursera for Campus has already proven to be a valuable resource for our on-campus populations, and we look forward to using the program to engage our students beyond degree programs.”
“Recognizing the changing skills needed for the future of work, we wanted to create a multi-disciplinary learning ecosystem that allows students to pursue their passion and learn in-demand skills,” said Ravi Panchanadan, MD & CEO at Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE). “The quality content available on Coursera for Campus has already helped more than 20,000 Manipal students. Manipal Education including Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal — an Institution of Eminence from India, has always been the first to champion new education models and we are excited to see how the program will benefit more universities across the globe.”
Coursera was founded by Stanford Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng seven years ago to give anyone, anywhere access to the world’s best education. With Coursera for Campus, we build on our collaboration with universities globally to prepare the workforce of the future. I’m thrilled to make Coursera for Campus available today to our partner universities as well as to institutions that have not yet experienced the innovation, scale, and impact Coursera has to offer.
For more information, visit www.coursera.org/campus
*Credit eligibility is determined by credit-granting institution; academic credit from content-creating partner not available.