Hitting the million mark with MOOC enrolments

The University of London, the first English university to join Coursera, has reached one million enrolments on the massive open online course (MOOC) platform.

The one millionth enrolment came from a learner based in Morocco who enrolled in the Responsive Website Basics course which has already seen 37,032 enrolments in 187 countries around the world. This course is part of a series of six online courses in the Responsive Website Development and Design Specialisation delivered by the University of London.

Since the University of London launched its first ever course on Coursera in June 2013, the University has offered 18 courses to learners worldwide, 94% of whom are located outside of the UK. Reaching the millionth enrolment is seen as a major contribution towards Coursera’s 17 million registered learners worldwide, all of whom draw from courses provided by 140 partner universities. These include some of the world’s leading universities, such as Yale and Peking.

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London said:

“We are delighted to have partnered with Coursera from the start in delivering our access mission to students all over the world, and of course this is an agenda we have been delivering for over 158 years.”

“The University of London has certainly added value to Coursera’s development over the past three years by continuing to develop courses that are based on its programmes of academic excellence that are recognised as such all over the world.”

He added: “Testament to this, is the inclusion of three of our MOOCs in the Obama initiative, which provided CPD learning for teachers across America. Overall, we are delighted that people all over the world can use these courses to meet their own needs; these may vary from personal interest to improving an individual's professional development, to using the courses as tasters before choosing to register for one of our full degree programmes.”

Chief Executive of Coursera, Dr Rick Levin, said: “The University of London has proven its expertise in creating innovative online courses that appeal to a worldwide audience. I congratulate the University on its exciting milestone and look forward to continuing our work together to make quality education truly accessible.”

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Dr Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera talks about Coursera and its relationship with the University of London.

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Dr Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera on the University of London reaching its millionth enrolment.