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The MOOC learning provider Coursera has launched Coursera Learning Hubs that seek to facilitate learning in Internet-enabled physical locations around the world. The U.S. State Department is lending a hand to Coursera as one of its learning partners. The Learning Hubs will cover 30 embassies, American Spaces, campuses, and other locations globally.

The learning partners will provide the infrastructure that’s needed to host a classroom, such as reliable Internet access and course facilitators. Coursera is aiming to impart new skills with the blended learning approach. Tying the catalog of courses from the roster of universities who are on the MOOC platform, with in-person classes will allow Coursera to reach new markets.

The inclusion of the State Department is a highlight, but it is just one of the “learning partners” across the globe. The others are Bluebells School International and Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Digital October, Overcoming Faith Academy Kenya (in collaboration with PiCreate and Tucklets.org), Learning Links Foundation, TAPtheTECH, and LEARN. TT, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Coursera is looking to expand this network with more learning partners across the world.

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For students, it will mean in-person sessions for select courses, live interactions with a peer group, and under the guidance of a local facilitator who will be an expert on the chosen subject. It will also mean exposure to courses designed by American universities.

Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, U.S State Department said:

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We are excited to be partnering with Coursera.  Together, we hope that we can identify new models for blended online and in-person learning, offer students new skills and knowledge, and help connect them to U.S. higher education institutions.

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Source: Coursera Blog | Image Credits: Ralph Hockens Via Flickr

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