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Coursera, an open online course provider, announced its first HBCU partnership with Howard University on Wednesday. Learners around the world will be able to take Information Systems for Business and Linear Algebra for Data Science Specializations courses led by Howard professors later this year.
After launching in 2012 by Stanford University's computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, Coursera has partnered with more than 200 leading universities and companies, including IBM, Google, Yale and others. And now, in an effort to address systemic racism, the platform aims to elevate Black voices in its instructor community and add several new social justice courses for other universities around the U.S.
Coursera is also working with Facebook Elevate and nonprofit partners to empower Black learners to enter the social media marketing field by offering up to 10,000 scholarships for the Facebook Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate.
Penelope Blackwell is a reporting fellow at Protocol covering edtech. She reports on the developments in tech that are shaping the future of learning. Previously, she interned at The Baltimore Sun covering emerging news and produced content for Carnegie-Knight's News21 documenting hate and bias incidents in the U.S. She is also a recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Morgan State University.