Correction: Online Courses-Teacher Training story

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 7:46 am •  Published: May 2, 2013
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In a story May 1 about plans by Coursera to offer online courses that provide continuing education for teachers, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the American Museum of Natural History goes not grant degrees. The museum offers a master of arts in teaching program, and a doctoral program in comparative biology.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Coursera to offer new MOOC options for teachers

Coursera to offer new set of online course options targeting teacher education

By JUSTIN POPE

AP Education Writer

A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers.

Coursera, the California-based for-profit platform for MOOCs from 62 leading universities such as Stanford, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, planned to announce Wednesday a new range of partners that include education schools and, in a first, non-degree granting institutions that help train teachers.

The announcement would give teachers pursuing their continuing education requirements, or courses that could give them a salary boost, a new set of options to learn from master professors at leading education schools such as Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia, along with a handful of museums and other institutions.

It would be up to the schools or districts that employ teachers to decide whether the courses meet their requirements, but Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said she expects they will find them high-quality. Another advantage: The courses are free — a preferable option to the training, often expensive, that districts often pay for themselves.