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Opening up computer science to a generation that’s been ‘shut out’

A pioneering online degree in computer science will open up the subject to a new generation of students previously “shut out” from this area of learning, according to Coursera, one of the partners delivering the course.

Written by Binda Rai |

Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, shares his thoughts on the new BSc in Computer Science - watch the video.

The new online BSc Computer Science programme is being delivered collaboratively by Goldsmiths, University of London, the online learning platform Coursera and the University of London.

Coursera’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Maggioncalda, explained that the innovative course will create new openings and opportunities for those who may have not considered computer science as an academic or career choice.

Jeff Maggioncalda said:

As I look at the University of London, and I look at Goldsmiths, and the really creative, yet scientific, approach that they take to a wide range of topics, I am sure that this degree in computer science will meet the needs of many people around the world.

He added: “The demand for computer science, and the number of jobs that will be created for people who have technical skills is unprecedented. The ability of Goldsmiths to teach the world how to use computers and technology to provide opportunities in careers, as well as in new services to serve the world, is a really wonderful opportunity.”

On the uniqueness of this degree programme, Jeff Maggioncalda explained how the combination of the technology provided by Coursera as a platform, and the University of London’s long tradition of delivering distance and flexible learning, allows for both digital and on-the-ground experiential learning through the University’s global network of Recognised Teaching Centres, thus combining “the best of both worlds”.

Of his interaction with the academics at Goldsmiths, Jeff Maggioncalda said it had been “thrilling”. He added:

I personally have been learning about music theory, I’ve been learning about the piano, and I’ve been composing music. I’ve never met a group of people who are so diverse in their passions, and interests… I think what we’re going to be doing with this computer science degree is to fill it with art as well.

Anyone interested in registering their interest for the online BSc in Computer Science, can do so through Coursera.

Applications for the online BSc Computer Science degree open on Monday 7 January 2019.

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About the University of London

  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London’s distance and flexible learning programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with some taking the award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions across the world.
  • The University of London’s distance and flexible learning provider has come to be known as the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students worldwide, and over 1.4 million learners on the Coursera online platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), bringing this global reach to more than 1.4 million people around the world, covering 190 countries.
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About Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths, University of London is an institution with a rich academic history, known for its creative approach. Its 9,000 students are based on campus in the heart of south east London's New Cross community, studying undergraduate, postgraduate, teacher training and return-to-study courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management.
Goldsmiths research shapes the future, changes lives and is at the forefront of creative practice, with almost three-quarters of research rated internationally excellent or world-leading by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.