MADISON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among a growing number of universities offering free online courses through their websites.
The school is among 29 new institutions partnering with Coursera, of Mountain View, California in offering "massive open online courses," or MOOCs. The courses have attracted millions of students and have allowed people from all walks of life to learn from leading scholars free of charge. The courses don't offer college credit.
Five University of Minnesota professors have signed on to create the courses, including "Sustainability of Food Systems." Coursera already has agreements with 33 other institutions, including Johns Hopkins and Stanford.
UW-Madison vice provost Jeff Russell says the university would rather be in the game than on the sidelines watching.