Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

State Department Taking Part in Global Online Course Network

Coursera, an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free, announced Coursera Learning Hubs that the company says will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, with other students in an interactive, facilitated setting.

In a company blog post, Coursera says State Department is “a major Learning Hubs partner,” which with other institutions will open learning hubs in 30 locations worldwide, including embassies and American Spaces. Learning hubs are classrooms that provide the online Coursera content with in-person facilitators to groups of students.

In the blog post Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, says the collaboration with Coursera could have longer-term benefits.  “[W]e hope that we can identify new models for blended online and in-person learning, offer students new skills and knowledge, and help connect them to U.S. higher education institutions.”


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