University of London - First English University to Launch on Coursera

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The University of London International Programmes is launching four free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera online platform, making it the first English university to do so.

The first of four short courses is now available on the online Coursera platform.

“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 is launching four free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera online platform, making it the first English university to do so.

‘Creative Computing for Digital Media & Mobile Apps’ is the first course to be launched on Monday 10 June, with three others coming online later in the month. The scheduled go-live dates for the remaining courses are as follows:

  • ‘Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story’

(17 June)

  • ‘English Common Law: Structure and Principles’

(24 June)

  • 'The Camera Never Lies'

(24 June)

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 will have the opportunity to learn new skills in six weeks, ranging from how to write a programme for applications on mobile and handheld 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 short courses can still register at no cost through the Coursera site.

The University of London short courses, for which 175,000 people have already registered, can be found at: https://www.coursera.org/london.

Notes for Editors

University of London

The University of London was established by Royal Charter in 1836.

The University of London is a federation of 18 world-renowned Colleges, comprising of multi-faculty Colleges, smaller specialist Colleges, Institutes and other academic bodies. Examples include: UCL, Heythrop College, the School of Advanced Study, the University of London Institute in Paris and the University of London International Programmes.

The University was the first to offer degrees to students irrespective of religion, political belief or gender.

In 1878 the University of London became the first university in the UK to admit women to study for its degrees.

The University was also first to offer flexible distance learning, with the establishment in 1858 of the External System, now known as the University of London International Programmes.

University of London International Programmes

The University of London International Programmes is the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning.

The International Programmes has been instrumental in the formation of British higher education – all English and Welsh universities founded between 1849 and 1949 offered University of London degrees before obtaining Royal Charters to award their own degrees.

Today, the University of London International Programmes is a unique global network of more than 54,000 students in 180 countries, on 100+ study programmes.

The full study programmes offered by the University of London International Programmes start from around £4,000.00 for an undergraduate programme.

Famous former students and alumni include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins; Professor Ronald Coase; Wole Soyinka; Derek Walcott; former President Nelson Mandela; joint-winner Charles Kao; and joint-winner Dr Rolph Payet, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.

To find out more about the University of London International Programmes, visit our website: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk

Coursera

Coursera is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people, by offering classes from top universities and professors online for free.

Coursera’s comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students from around the world a unique online learning experience.

Coursera has partnered with top-tier universities to provide courses across a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science, among others.

Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Bayers and New Enterprise Associates.

For more information visit the University of London International Programmes and Coursera websites.

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