Coursera partners with US Dept of State and Pennsylvania University to launch English for Journalism course

The course structure includes areas ranging from principles of journalism to analyzing the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news.

By: Express Web Desk | Noida | Published: August 19, 2016 5:24 pm

Online education website Coursera has launched a self-paced ‘English for Journalism’ course. The five-week programme has been launched in partnership with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programs and University of Pennsylvania. The programme is now open for enrollment and is accessible to anyone with access to internet.

The course has been designed to be interactive. It explores print and digital media through readings and video lectures, while expanding the learner’s vocabulary. It also aims to increase their ability to read, research and develop local and global news stories.

The course structure includes areas ranging from principles of journalism to analyzing the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news.

In the final week, learners, along with studying digital news, will complete a reflection assignment that allows them to discuss the recent changes in the field of journalism.

The course offers two certificate options. The first certificate is a Coursera Verified Certificate (CVC) which is a system-wide certificate available for every Coursera course.

The second certificate option is a Statement of Accomplishment (SoA) available directly from University of Pennsylvania. Every learner who completes the course requirements is eligible for the SoA. There is no fee charge for this certificate.

Commenting on the course, Kabir Chadha, India Country Manager, Coursera, said, “Journalism has rapidly evolved over the last decade. With the launch of this course, we aim to provide an excellent opportunity for non-native English speakers in India to gain the right skillsets needed for a career in modern journalism.”

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Earlier this year, Coursera had launched another course called ‘The Importance of India’ as a part of the US Department of State’s Passport to India initiative. It was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for Indo – US higher education partnerships. It also aimed to bring Indians and Americans together to learn about the world’s fastest growing economy.

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Coursera.org is a MOOC platform offering online courses which share affiliation from universities around the world, including the Indian School of Business. The platform has more than 20 million registered learners globally across more than 2,000 courses. It offers courses in the fields of business, technology, social sciences, health, and art.

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