Ross professor's online finance course underway with Coursera

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Ross Professor Gautam Kaul kicks off Coursera course

Today, Ross School of Business professor Gautam Kaul kicks off the third online offering of his popular “Introduction to Finance” course through Coursera.org.

This massive open online course (or MOOC, as it’s called in the ‘biz’) is completely free, and when it was first offered last summer more than 100,000 people enrolled. At the time, Andrew Ng, a Coursera co-founder, declared it one of the site’s most popular.

It’s an MBA-level curriculum, with an enrollment larger than the population of about 50 countries, and representation from many more than that.

Such large-scale course delivery methods are being vetted by Universities across the world and Coursera made significant news recently for the expansion of the number of universities participating.

Professor Kaul spoke with Businessweek about the challenges of delivering such high-level course work to such a large audience back in March, and said he isn’t skimping on quality to offer a course more suited for a general population. “I believe that MOOCs from [the University of Michigan] should showcase the talent and quality that the school has to offer,” he said.

It’s an experiment for sure. But, as the University of Michigan’s early involvement with the Coursera project shows, it’s one with high interest around campus. We’ll be following the course closely here on this blog as it develops over the next 15 weeks. Stay tuned.

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