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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, 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.


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:


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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  1. Danize Simon
    November 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I'm also enrolled in Coursera because it gives me the flexibility to gain more knowledge and acquire skils that will become useful for the future. Although I don't have much time to finish some of the courses , I still exit with more knowledge. I also enjoy immensely the professor's that provide refreshhing techniques of teaching . It makes learning more enjoyable when they give their own interpersonal experiences and opinions . I believe this concept to expand to other countries that are isolated will give them the opportunities to enrich their lives and communities better by corresponding with other continents of the world.

  2. BK
    November 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Excellent ideas. I am currently enrolled in a Coursera class and it is great learning experience on many fronts. The interaction with different nationalities and cultures as been as interesting as the class itself. The courses, as well as Coursera, are not afraid to try many approaches to help the students gain knowledge. I will take more classes from them and always recommend that friends/family check out the offerings.

    • Saikat B
      November 5, 2013 at 4:51 am

      Their niche courses are pretty good for expanding one's horizons.