As they describe in this press release, these new Learning Hubs “will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, while learning alongside peers in an interactive, facilitated setting.” Initial partners for the program include the US Department of State, and a variety of international universities and private learning organizations.
Apparently, the program grew out of discussions with State Department personnel interested in finding an inexpensive and effective way to deliver educational programs via US embassies. And recognizing that anywhere/anywhen online learning doesn’t have to contradict the notion of people working together in a shared space, Coursera decided to programitize the idea around three delivery models for blended learning.
- Discussion based – Where a facilitator would manage conversation around a week’s course lectures and encourage students to continue the conversation on the Coursera discussion boards
- Tutoring based – Where the facilitator would both lead discussion and support students on their weekly assignments
- Project based – Where the facilitator would work with the class to come up with a set of projects students can work on independently or together to supplement regular course work