U. of C. courses online and free

Staff Writer

Casual learners interested in taking a University of Chicago class but not taking out student loans or reenrolling in college have the opportunity to study at the university for free.

The university has partnered with Coursera, a company that offers free, notfor- credit courses from colleges and universities online.

Two provost-appointed faculty committees recommended that the university proceed in offering online courses, in part because it will give professors the opportunity to experiment with new venues for their teaching and research.

“The committees’ very University of Chicago recommendations — emphasizing experimentation, rigorous evaluation and faculty oversight — should permit us to address student, faculty and alumni needs while preserving flexibility in rapidly developing terrain,” said Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum in a statement.

The first two courses offered will comprise one on global warming, taught by David Archer, professor in geophysical sciences, and another by John Cochrane, the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, on asset pricing.

Archer teaches global warming twice annually. It is perennially one of the university’s most popular classes, attracting 200 students per offering.

Cochrane’s class on asset pricing theory will be taught at an introductory level.