On June 10, 2020 the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Coursera, the world’s major online educational provider, signed an agreement allowing the Network to join the latter’s Coursera for Campus COVID-19 Initiative, meant to assist universities in their response to the pandemic-caused instruction disruption.
The NUSCT Coursera for Campus platform will make available 3800 Coursera courses across 400 specialisations, with free Certificates for students completing the courses, and free access to provider’s reporting tools for the programs – one per member university – administrators (both are normally available only to fee-paying partners).
Through the agreement, Coursera has granted to NUSCT 20.000 licenses for the members’ university communities.
NUSCT students and staff will be able to enroll until July 31 2020, and must complete their courses by September 30, 2020 to obtain the corresponding free certificate.
NUSCT negotiated this agreement with Coursera in the belief that many of its courses might be useful resources for its members’ regular programs, particularly during these challenging times.
Although the “COVID-19 Academic Year” is almost over, these courses might be helpful to students needing remedial studies over the summer, with the added incentive of an official certificate to show for their work. Learners who have successfully completed their academic year, on the other hand, might also appreciate the opportunity to expand their academic knowledge through this particular model of online learning.