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UM, Vanderbilt partnering via MOOC

The University of Maryland and Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University are partnering to expand their participation in free Massive Open Online Courses through Coursera, an online education platform.

The two universities will offer a two-part, two-semester, interdisciplinary collaboration that begins with Maryland faculty and concludes with faculty from Vanderbilt.

The MOOC sequence begins in the coming academic year with “Programming Handheld Systems with Android,” taught by University of Maryland computer science professor Adam Porter. The sequence continues with Vanderbilt computer science professor Douglas Schmidt and electrical and computer engineering professor Jules White, who will teach “Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture,” focusing on connecting mobile applications to the computing cloud.