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University of Illinois launches Coursera for Illinois


The University of Illinois is pleased to launch Coursera for Illinois, a program specifically for the Urbana-Champaign campus community. All students, staff, and faculty now have free access to Illinois’ 60+ online courses and specializations offered on the Coursera platform.

Illinois’ courses on the Coursera platform, created by our colleges, and taught by Illinois faculty, feature material from their on-campus courses and scholarly work. The courses are developed using best practices in online course design to create engaging, effective learning experiences.

“Our land-grant mission is to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation, and around the world by providing transformative learning experiences.  We want to give back to the Illinois community by allowing full access to these open courses at no cost for students, staff, and faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus,” said Adam D. Fein, Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation.

The courses available via the Coursera for Illinois program enable you to advance your career, explore an interest, or expand your skill set.  By completing a series of courses, you can earn a certificate which can be used to share your accomplishments, highlight a new skill, and gain knowledge to further share with employers and peers.

About Coursera

Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take – and taught more learners in a few months than they could have in an entire lifetime in the classroom.

Since then, they’ve built a platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers.

About Illinois Online

At the University of Illinois, we continue to lead and explore innovations in higher education that build on our academic reputation and proven strengths in online teaching and learning. Longevity and experience have made us a pioneer and leader in innovative distance and online education, and we are always integrating new best practices, regardless of the modality. Our world-renowned faculty and award-winning content developers have worked collaboratively to develop more than 90 online degree and certificate options and more than 1700 Online Course Sections for learners across the globe.

For more information about this Coursera for Illinois program, visit