In the summer of 2012, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign partnered with Coursera tto offer free online courses to anyone in the world with an internet connection. Since then, Illinois has made great strides in building upon its reputation as a leader in the field of online education. As a land-grant institution Illinois has also utilized its relationship with Coursera in order to expand its outreach and engagement. Its accomplishments include:
When Illinois first partnered with Coursera to offer MOOCs, it did so with a number of goals in mind.
In joining the MOOC movement, Illinois continues to demonstrate leadership in higher education, building upon its established record of quality and innovation in research, education and outreach.