The Center for Academic Innovation in partnership with Coursera is expanding no-cost access to more than 4,000 online noncredit courses to all University of Michigan faculty and staff and students at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
The courses from top universities and leading companies will be available for a limited time. Faculty and staff will be able to enroll without cost until Dec. 31.
Students received access to the extensive catalog through the Coursera for Campus initiative in mid-June. After the positive early response, center leadership worked to expand free access to faculty and staff, allowing them to enroll in courses, specializations and professional certificates.
The initiative provides people with access to professional development opportunities and allows them to build skills and explore their interests, said James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation and founding executive director of the center.
“This is a way we can support the university’s educational mission and support our broader U-M community as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic and disruption in our professional and personal lives,” DeVaney said.
All that is needed to enroll is a valid U-M email address. Students can access the Coursera catalog through Michigan Online and log in with their existing U-M ID and password.
Update: This story has been updated from an earlier version to reflect that faculty, staff and students have until Dec. 31 to enroll in Coursera courses.