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Online learning giant Coursera will give colleges free access to 3,800 courses, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a switch to remote learning

Online learning giant Coursera will give colleges free access to 3,800 courses, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a switch to remote learning
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E-learning platform Coursera is granting universities free access to its 3,800 courses until July 31, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a global shift to remote learning, the company announced Thursday




Universities are "essentially being forced to experiment with — and very rapidly adopt — some kind of online education," Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda told Business Insider. "So it's a really difficult adjustment."




Coursera's announcement comes as US universities begin to send their students home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.




Coursera has already proved useful for Duke University, which used Coursera for Campus to teach students at its Duke Kunshan campus, based in Wuhan, China.




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Universities forced to send their students home amid the coronavirus pandemic now have a free resource to help them transition from the lecture hall to laptop.
Online learning platform Coursera announced Thursday that it would begin granting universities free access to its 3,800 courses until July 31, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a global shift to remote learning.
"We are launching a global effort to assist universities and colleges seeking to offer online courseware in response to the coronavirus," a press release from Coursera said. "Starting today, we'll provide every impacted university in the world with free access to our course catalogue through Coursera for Campus."
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