Virtual Penn

Penn is partnering with Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan as part of a new online education platform called Coursera, designed to make web-based courses available for free and improve teaching on campuses. Coursera is the first education platform to host content from multiple world-renowned universities at one destination. The courses include video lectures with quizzes, interactive assignments, and collaborative online forums. Penn faculty will provide courses in medicine, business, music, literature, mathematics, and computer science, among others.

“Penn is delighted to participate in this innovative collaboration that will make high-quality learning opportunities available to millions of people around the world,” says Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Expanding access to higher education both nationally and globally remains one of our most critical responsibilities. This initiative provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone who has the motivation and preparation to partake of a world-class education.”

Originally published on May 10, 2012