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From Coursera’s blog, 12 universities join the initial schools (Stanford, Princeton University and the universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan) to offer free online courses.

Coursera is a MOOC a Massive Open Online Course platform created by Stanford professors in late 2011.

You’ll be able to choose from more than 100 courses, from Professor Dan Ariely’s course on irrational behavior, to learning how to program in Scala (taught from the creator of Scala, Professor Martin Odersky from EPFL), to the legendary UVA course “How Things Work” with Professor Louis Bloomfield.

16 institutions have partnered with Coursera:

California Institute of Technology
Duke University
École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Georgia Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Princeton University
Rice University
Stanford University
University of California, San Francisco
University of Edinburgh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington