What the future holds for Coursera’s flatiron courses
Course developer Courseraproject has confirmed that it will no longer offer courses in Ireland following a dispute with the university.
Courseraps courses will no long be offered in Ireland, the company said in a statement to the Irish Times.
The announcement came after the Irish Government’s decision to block the company from using the government’s €7.4m grant for the creation of the first flatiron course.
Coursellas courses have been offered at various locations across Ireland for the past 15 years, including at UCD’s St John’s College, Dublin, as well as at the University of Limerick.
“We have always respected the university’s decision, and were disappointed by this decision,” Courseramproject Ireland president and CEO Chris Turek said in the statement.
“The company will no more provide courses to students in Ireland.”
In the past two years, the Dublin based company has also created courses in the US, UK, and Germany.
Coursers courses will now be available to students across the world.
The company said that the majority of its courses were created by students, and that it had “no plans to offer any further courses”.
In a statement, the firm said that it has “worked closely” with the Government on the issue, and said that “it was the government that determined this funding and the funding that is in place”.
Courserabs courses were initially designed to cater to the needs of students in Dublin.
It said that this had “never been a part of our business model”.
The Dublin based firm said it was now “working with the government to ensure the future of our courses is in Ireland”.
In recent years, Courseras courses had attracted criticism, and a number of courses have had to be closed in order to comply with the University’s licensing restrictions.
“If you look at the courses that have been closed down, there are quite a number that are being operated by people who have been working in Ireland for decades and they are now being run by people that are not from Ireland,” Turel said.
“There is a lot of work to do, a lot more to do.”
Courserabooks courses were also the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Irish government in 2011, which claimed that the courses were failing to comply to regulations.
Courseyas courses were subsequently opened to students on a limited basis, and in the past decade, Courseyabooks were also offered in several other countries.
However, Courssellas were not included in this latest round of legislation, despite being funded through the Government grant.
In its statement, Coursers said that while it had always respected and valued the University, this was no longer the case.
The Irish Government is not pleased with Courseraviews courses.
“It’s a disappointment that Courseraworks courses have to be taken away from students because of their failure to comply by the University.
Courseaview courses are one of the most popular courses in Irish university courses and they’ve been offered for over 30 years.
They should be offered freely in Ireland,” said Education Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“Courseraviois courses are an important part of the curriculum for many students and should not be subject to restrictions.
The Government has always valued the Irish education system and has always supported the Irish student experience.”