In collaboration with Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, SAGE, and other publishers, Chegg will provide free eTextbooks and supplemental digital content to students taking classes on Coursera, the MOOC (massive open online course) platform developed by Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. The materials can be accessed at no cost for the duration of the course. Students who want to keep them can purchase a full eTextbook edition. Previously, Coursera professors could only require supplemental content that is available for free on the Web.

“Our collaboration with Chegg and top publishers allows us to give Coursera students access to the reading material that is such an important aspect of many educational experiences, supporting our goal of learning without limits,” commented Coursera cofounder Koller. With the number of students attracted to MOOCs that has become even more important. Since Coursera launched in April 2012, it has registered more than 3 million students worldwide, and has course enrollments of 1.45 million per month.

“Digital courses allow the most sought-after classes, taught by the most knowledgeable educators to be accessible, even worldwide, helping students finish college quicker and with less debt,” said Chegg president and CEO Dan Rosensweig. “At Chegg, we are thrilled to partner with Coursera and publishers to expand and adapt our digital offerings . . . to enhance the way students are learning today.”