Coursera, and what it provides
UNSW as an institution has entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Coursera to develop and deliver MOOCs. Coursera is a for-profit company founded by Stanford University computer scientists Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng and currently operating with venture capital.
Coursera provides the platform, hosts course content and supports course operations and design. Coursera provides aggregated analytics to UNSW as part of the agreement and explores monetisation models on behalf of Coursera and its partners.
The contract, in practical terms, requires all UNSW MOOCs to be developed within the project facilitated by the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU). Faculties, schools and individuals cannot work independently with Coursera. The courses are project-managed by central UNSW staff with faculty developing and delivering each course, and assuming responsibility for pedagogic design and course quality.
UNSW’s contract with Coursera stipulates a number of acceptance, accessibility and quality assurance milestones before a course can be launched, and during course offerings.
Coursera and the other partner institutions openly exchange course ideas and there is vibrant discussion within the partner community forums.