Kennesaw State begins offering campus community free access to MOOC certificates

 Elke Leeds

University expands leadership in providing access to online open educational resources

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 29, 2016)Kennesaw State University students, faculty and staff can now use their campus NetIDs to gain free access and shareable course certificates for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) available through the University System of Georgia (USG) state partnership with Coursera.

The campus community’s extended free access results from a newly created option from Coursera, which provides universal access to online courses in partnership with universities and organizations nationwide. While enrollment in MOOCs is free to members of the public who only audit courses,they must pay for grading and certifications. The new option allows partner institutions to make their courses and certifications available to private groups for free.

“The new campus ID access represents the latest development in Kennesaw State’s efforts to provide high-quality, easily accessible and affordable online educational resources, said Elke Leeds, associate vice president of the Office of Technology Enhanced Learning, a division of Academic Affairs. “The Coursera certificate is one of the most powerful micro-credentials shared on resumes and professional social media sites like LinkedIn. We're incredibly excited to make the certifications and the courses leading to them available for free with a single sign-on for our students, faculty and staff who complete the courses.”

The USG-Coursera partnership, for which Kennesaw State serves as the managing institution, offers 11 MOOCs that have been developed by KSU faculty. They are designed for those interested in becoming entrepreneurs, exploring new careers, learning about the world of cybersecurity or K-12 learning.  The courses are available at

The single sign-on access to Kennesaw State’s MOOCs expands opportunities for students, Leeds noted.

“The career preparation series allows them to display their readiness for entrance into the professional fields. It also extends the reach of the University’s Department of Career Planning and Development. Now, through KSU's MOOC initiative, the department can reach every student on campus and provide them with resources to begin preparing for their careers as early as possible.”

In addition, some of the discipline-specific MOOCs create options for students to enhance their course of study with additional certifications. The K-12 blended and online learning MOOC already offers professional learning units (PLU) for education students and professionals who complete the course.”

Some of the MOOCs also contain pathways to course credit based on prior learning assessment, which allows students to demonstrate and use alternative learning outside of the classroom to earn credit. 

“The cybersecurity series of courses meet a critical need in a high-demand career field,” said Leeds, who also is associate professor of information systems. “With the newly established Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development at Kennesaw State, these courses reinforce the University's excellence in cybersecurity education, research and practice.”

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Office of Technology Enhanced Learning


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit