In February, CU-Boulder signed a contract with Coursera to pilot four open-access MOOCs in the fall. Since that time, Coursera has developed another type of contract specific to multi-campus university systems. Faculty on each campus will review this opportunity, decide whether it meets the programmatic goals of the campus, and if the campus decides to move forward, develop any necessary policies and procedures for its MOOCs. The new contract also allows faculty members at any campus to access MOOCs created by other universities to supplement their own courses.
We know there is strong interest among CU students and faculty to explore the MOOC model as a way to deliver, at the very least, core curriculum requirements.
Campus discussions regarding the Coursera contracts and MOOC educational model will continue this fall. Any decision about offering coursework for credit falls under the purview of the faculty on each campus. Significant issues, including tuition, financial aid and fiduciary responsibility will need to be resolved before CU can offer any open-access course for credit.
We encourage you to join the conversation regarding MOOCs this fall. If you have questions or concerns before then, please contact the Division of Academic Affairs.