For university students, faculty, and staff, this is a great year to review best practices in patient safety, learn more about statistics, or delve into web design. For the next 12 months, premium access to JHU offerings on the Coursera platform is free.
Johns Hopkins currently offers more than 70 massive open online courses (commonly called MOOCs) through the platform, including popular ones in data science, public health, medicine, and more. Now, the JHU community can take those classes and can earn certificates of completion at no cost.
"This is an excellent opportunity for people to try some of our most in-demand online courses," says Sunil Kumar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "Students and employees can learn about a new topic with no pressure or commitment, or brush up on an area of interest. Faculty will also be able to use Coursera in their teaching by assigning individual lectures or modules within the courses, or recommending the platform for supplemental learning."
The pilot program will allow more members of the JHU community to explore the world of MOOCs and consider how to use the technology in their own teaching and learning plans, Kumar says.
Users can go to the Coursera for Johns Hopkins University website to see what classes are available and click the "join for free" button when they are ready to start. Courses are self-paced and offer the opportunity to engage with a global online community of individuals who are taking the same class.
More information and frequently asked questions are available on the Office of the Provost website.