- A new partnership announced Wednesday between Coursera and Chegg will make e-textbooks from large publishers like Wiley available at no cost to students taking select MOOCs.
- The e-textbooks will be available only for the length of the course and won't feature the ability to print or copy and paste the material.
- The first two courses the e-texts will be available for are Georgia Institute of Technology physics professor Michael Schatz's "Introductory Physics I with Laboratory" and Ohio State University's "Writing II: Rhetorical Composing," and several dozen other courses will have the opportunity to use the free texts beginning in June.
From the article:
... "Many instructors have been feeling a little hampered by how they must make their courses so self-contained," said Daphne Koller, one of Coursera's founders. "Even $40 for a textbook is way out of reach for some students, so instructors have had to teach in ways that they are not used to. They are unable to rely on any readings outside of the public domain." ...