In a move that expands higher education to a global audience, the University of Michigan has begun to offer online courses to anyone for free.
U-M's offerings will include a handful of courses on topic such as finance, electronic voting, computer vision, and fantasy and science fiction. It joins top educational institutions Princeton University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania in courses offered through a partnership with Coursera, a company founded by two Stanford professors.
"Our faculty members are eager to share their knowledge globally and our students are equally excited about experimenting with this new approach to learning," University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said.
The four universities have launched seven courses in recent weeks, and more will begin this week and later this summer.