Yesterday the University of Minnesota announced it would partner with Coursera - a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform – to develop free online courses to improve teaching and learning through technology, the health sciences will be well represented in the effort.

Of the five University faculty involved at the launch, three are from the health sciences, and other Academic Health Center faculty will likely offer their coursework via Coursera in the future, however the coursework above was in a position to be quickly developed into the MOOC format.

The University’s partnership with Coursera aligns with a similar move by a number of other schools across the United States.  The Star Tribune reported today that Coursera currently works with 33 other universities, with another 29 recently signing on from 13 different countries.

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