Published: May 25, 2021

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Since 2018, the University of Colorado has offered no-cost access to hundreds of non-credit online courses taught by CU faculty from across the system through the CU on Coursera learning program. This program features popular CU Boulder courses like “The Science of Exercise” and “Everyday Excel.” 

This spring, CU expanded premium access to even more online courses by securing participation in the Coursera Partner Consortium, a learning program that offers CU faculty, staff and degree-seeking students no-cost access to not just CU’s Coursera courses but to thousands of additional non-credit online courses offered by Coursera’s global network of university partners. 

Popular Consortium courses include “The Science of Well Being” from Yale University, “Python for Everybody” from the University of Michigan and “How to Change the World” from Wesleyan University. 

“We are delighted to offer the CU community no-cost access to Coursera content from university partners around the globe,” said Quentin McAndrew, assistant vice provost and executive director for strategic transformation and academic and learning innovation. “The Coursera Partner Consortium furthers CU’s mission of providing access to high-quality online learning experiences that enrich the lives of our students, faculty and staff.” 

Courses are online and self-paced. Students can learn anywhere, anytime to develop a new skill set, explore a new subject, and augment their CU learning journey.

Degree-seeking students at CU Boulder can search “Coursera Consortium” in the Buff Portal to join the program. Faculty and staff at CU Boulder can access the Coursera Partner Consortium by logging into their campus portal, navigating to the “Training” area in CU Resources, and clicking on the “Coursera Consortium” tile.

The Coursera Partner Consortium is available to the university via a collaboration between CU Boulder’s Office of Academic and Learning Innovation and the University of Colorado Office of Academic Affairs.