SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, the student hub, today announced a new strategic partnership with Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, to provide digital content such as eTextbooks and other supplemental tools to students taking Coursera courses online. This collaboration will provide students improved access to a more informative learning experience.
In collaboration with Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, SAGE and Wiley, the digital content delivered by Chegg gives students access to a more comprehensive library of digital learning content. Previously, professors offering courses on Coursera could only require supplemental content found freely on the web, but now through this partnership, they can work with top publishers to expand required content offerings at no cost to the student. Through Chegg's eReader, certain Coursera courses will include free access to learning materials offered for the duration of the course. Students will then have the option to purchase the full eTextbook edition for continued personal learning. Access to these materials enables students to engage on a deeper level with the curriculum, positively impacting learning outcomes.
"Student needs are evolving so it's important that they continue to learn in and out of the classroom," said Dan Rosensweig, President and CEO of Chegg. "It's vital that we put students first. Digital courses allow the most sought-after classes, taught by the most knowledgeable educators to be accessible, even worldwide, helping students finish college quicker and with less debt. At Chegg, we are thrilled to partner with Coursera and publishers to expand and adapt our digital offerings – from textbooks to supplemental content – to enhance the way students are learning today."
"We recognize the importance of forging partnerships with other stakeholders in the education space in order to help students overcome barriers and evolve the way they access education," said Daphne Koller, Co-founder of Coursera. "Our collaboration with Chegg and top publishers allows us to give Coursera students access to the reading material that is such an important aspect of many educational experiences, supporting our goal of learning without limits."
Chegg has been the trusted partner of top publishers since the company was founded in 2007, and this strategic partnership between Chegg, Coursera and publishers Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, SAGE and Wiley is helping to bring recognized, licensed educational content to online learning. Since Coursera launched in April 2012, the company has registered more than 3 million students, and is seeing approximately 1.45 million course enrollments per month. As students increasingly turn to learning via MOOCs, the partnership with Chegg will provide publishers with access to a new global and digital student population.
"We embrace the rise of digital learning in higher education, and we are pleased to be a part of newly developing educational platforms that learners globally are rapidly adopting," said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. "This strategic partnership will equip students with highest quality educational content to help them through their educational journey and will also help publishers to better understand how students use digital materials to inform future product development."
Chegg, the student hub, is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college through homework help, course selection, eTextbook and textbook options as well as school and scholarship connections. Students nationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company's philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg For Good program, which empowers students to be a catalyst for change on their campus, in their communities and around the world. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into the student hub, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving them time, saving them money and helping them get smarter. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.
Coursera is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people by offering classes from top universities and professors online for free. Coursera's comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students from around the world a unique online learning experience. Coursera has partnered with top-tier universities to provide courses across a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science, among others. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. For more information, visit Coursera.org.