Two major providers of free online higher education are expanding the ranks of universities that contribute courses to their Web sites, adding many schools from outside the United States.
Coursera, based in Mountain View, Calif., plans to announce Thursday that 29 universities and institutes are joining the online venture that was launched last spring, bringing the total to 62. Among the newcomers are prominent schools in Mexico and Spain, which will enable free courses to reach the Spanish-speaking world, and schools in Hong Kong and Taiwan, which will provide access to those who speak Chinese.
EdX, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., announced late Wednesday that it is adding six universities to a consortium that Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) began last spring. With the expansion, EdX will offer courses from 11 colleges and universities as well as the University of Texas system. Five of the new EdX partners are from Australia, the Netherlands, Canada and Switzerland.