The University of Colorado and Coursera -- which offers massive online courses to a global audience -- have reached a second agreement that will now involve all of the school's campuses.

CU and Coursera first inked a contract in February that was exclusive to the Boulder campus. Beginning in the fall, professors from CU-Boulder will teach four separate classes to a worldwide audience of thousands of students.

The inaugural courses will be "Physics 1 for Physical Science Majors," "Comic Books and Graphic Novels," "Linear and Integer Programming" and "Introduction to Power Electronics."

CU's new contract with Coursera, announced late Wednesday, means that faculty members from all CU campuses will have access to the Coursera platform.

At this time, CU doesn't have any plans to offer credit to students who complete massive open online courses, or MOOCs, university officials said.

Kathleen Bollard, vice president for academic affairs at CU, said deciding whether to offer credits for MOOCs is a curriculum matter, which falls under the faculty's purview.

The other campuses haven't yet decided on Coursera course offerings.

Under both of CU's contracts with Coursera, faculty members may develop and offer free courses on the platform. Also, faculty members may choose to use material from other Coursera offerings in their own traditional classrooms.

The agreements with Coursera are non-exclusive, meaning CU and its faculty members are free to enter into agreements with other companies that offer MOOCs.


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"With this new agreement, CU is positioned at the leading edge of exploring how this quickly developing platform can help us deliver better education opportunities to more students," CU President Bruce Benson said in a statement. "There's a whole new scholarship growing around this movement, and we're excited that CU faculty now will be able to help lead the way."

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