In college and university settings, MOOCs have allowed institutions to post courses online, allowing for the academic content provided by faculty to be shared with new audiences on a huge scale.
The forums have also met resistance in some quarters from those who say they create the potential for sharing weak content, and in some cases from faculty and others who aren't comfortable with their institutions giving others free access to their courses, without any constraints.
Seven institutions and organizations have agreed to partner with the Mountain View, Calif.-based company in posting professional-development and teacher-training resources online, Coursera officials said. They are the University of Washington's college of education; the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education; the Johns Hopkins University school of education; Match Education's Sposato Graduate School of Education; Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development; the Relay Graduate School of Education; and the University of California, Irvine.
The list of courses, including 3 from Match, is here.