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Comment by President Sullivan on Coursera announcement

July 17, 2012

I am pleased to have the University partner with Coursera because we have a shared understanding of the importance of strong teaching and of learning outcomes. Our faculty will also learn from this new teaching experience. These courses have the potential to open new opportunities for students around the globe, while also being likely to benefit our courses on Grounds. We also gain the opportunity to share the expertise of our faculty — both in the classroom and the research labs.

These classes will expand the University's role in global education while reinforcing our core mission of teaching, research, and public service. They will in no way diminish the value of a U.Va. degree, but rather enhance our brand and allow others to experience the learning environment of Jefferson's Academical Village.

There are still many unknowns for us to study concerning the long-term impact of this form of online teaching, but it's critical for U.Va. to be in on the ground floor so that we can learn along with our peers what the future holds.