Keeping tabs on MOOCs:
One of the US’ largest providers of massive open online courses has announced a deal with publishers that will allow students free access to relevant excerpts from textbooks for the duration of their studies. As part of a pilot programme, students taking certain Moocs via the Coursera platform will be able to access materials from Oxford University Press, Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, SAGE and Wiley. The process will be facilitated by Chegg, an online textbook rental company and “academic hub”. As a result, academics teaching courses offered by Coursera will now be able to curate teaching and learning materials from recognised publishers without students having to pay to get their hands on the books. The publishers will make relevant chapters from e-textbooks available free of charge, although students who wish to read the books in full, or to read them once their course has ended, will have to purchase them.
From Times Higher Education.