Online educational provider Coursera was developed through partnerships with more than sixty universities, allowing the company to provide high-quality instruction from world-class speakers and experts. Now, Coursera is working on bringing educational materials to its students via the Chegg e-reader platform at a more affordable price structure.
Through agreements with top publishers like Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, and more, Coursera is working on creating free digital textbooks for its course participants for the duration of the course; participants who want to own the digital title for referencing without a timeline will be able to purchase low-cost ebook editions. The first titles to be released under these agreements, Writing II: Rhetorical Composing by Susan Delagrange, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Kay Halasek, Ben McCorkle and Cynthia Selfe, and Introductory to Physics I with Laboratory by Michael Schatz, are both books that course students may wish to refer back to as they continue with future courses in line with those topics.
“We recognize the importance of forging partnerships with other stakeholders in the education space in order to help students overcome barriers and evolve the way they access education,” said Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, in a press release. “By collaborating with publishers, we are able to provide access to some of the world’s best resources to Coursera students, supporting our goal of learning without limits.”
The ebooks will be available for viewing and referencing through the Chegg browser-based platform, meaning streamlined device compatibility with any internet-capable device or computer.