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MOOCs - Powered by SUNY Online and Coursera

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are providing global access to higher education as a type of FREE online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web.


The Innovative Instruction Transformation Team, an outcome of the SUNY Strategic Plan, made recommendations to leverage the “Power of SUNY” for supporting academic excellence and student success. A vision for a “network of networks” emerged, including tools and practices that collaboratively increase efficiency and capacity for SUNY-wide delivery of high quality instruction.

SUNY's Empire State College was one of the first institutions in the United States to offer a MOOC. SUNY was one of ten public university systems that announced an agreement with Coursera (May 2013) that enables use of their platform to deliver MOOCs. Under the terms of this agreement, SUNY campuses have the opportunity to work with Coursera to deliver courses to students within SUNY or across the globe.

SUNY’s partnership with Coursera enables SUNY faculty to join a community of researchers to investigate and assess the impact MOOCs may have on education and student learning. SUNY recognizes that MOOCs are a tool that may play an important role in learning opportunities of our students, alumni, and others, in response to our common mission of access, completion and success. MOOCs engage learners with high quality, open content. Instructors can use MOOC modules in a variety of ways.

Highlights include:

Getting Started


  1. Use your campus email address to create a Coursera Account.
  2. Browse current Coursera offerings to determine how courses can be designed.
  3. Search courses in which you can enroll through the Coursera for Campus partnership to experience the student perspective.



Be part of the MOOC Community – SUNY and beyond!

  • Join the MOOCshake group in Workplace to stay current with announcements, discussions and updates.
  • Contact Kelly Williamson, Workplace Community Manager, for any issues accessing Workplace.

Learn More

  • What MOOCs Teach Us – Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller wrote in 2014 that it was a mistake to presume that MOOCs would undermine or replace traditional college education.
  • What Are MOOCs Good For? – With data finally in on what MOOCs offered, it was possible in 2014 to take stock of what online education had really changed—and why it matters.
  • Creating a Sticky MOOC – Online Learning Journal (Barbara Ann Oakley, Debra Poole, MaryAnne Nestor)