Beginning September 4, the University of Michigan’s 583,000 alumni worldwide can join faculty, staff, and students from all three campuses to earn individual course and course series certificates offered by Michigan Online at no cost. Michigan Online is U-M’s new global learning community that puts digital learning opportunities all in one place. The announcement by the Office of Academic Innovation also expands the program, rolled out in May, to cover courses on the edX platform, as well Coursera, which had previously been included.
There are 91 courses developed by U-M faculty and instructional teams and offered by Michigan Online through the two platforms. While access to online courses on both Coursera and edX generally is free to all learners, the certificates have carried price tags. These could total approximately $500 for a six-month series of courses. The fees are waived for all enrolled students, staff, faculty, and alumni from the three campuses.