UNM Expands Online Courses After Early Success

Aug 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is expanding its global presence in the online world in a massive way.

School officials say they are increasing the number of free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, after one course last semester drew thousands of students from nearly 200 countries.

The Albuquerque Journal reported earlier this month that UNM will offer three courses this fall.

The three courses include web application architecture, curanderismo or the art of traditional healing and a bilingual course on global business in English and Spanish.

Officials say more people than the school's entire student body have already enrolled.

UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah says it would normally take millions in marketing costs to reach that many people.

Class credit however is not given for MOOCs.