Platforms

Princeton has partnerships with online learning platform providers that offer a diverse range of interactive features and audiences. Most of these platforms can be used to host private course environments for campus courses or for open online courses that are shared with the world, or both at once. Our platform partners provide environments for new forms of interactive learning experiences as well as for feedback and analysis on student learning.

Coursera

Coursera is a for­profit online platform founded by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller at Stanford University. Princeton University has offered a number of open courses on Coursera, including Mitchell Duneier’s Introduction to Sociology, Robert  Sedgewick’s Analytic Combinatorics, and Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics.

edX

edX is a non­profit initiative of MIT and Harvard University that is focused on a mission of research and teaching. This platform, include the open source Open edX platform, will enable Princeton to customize and integrate course sites with our existing curriculum on campus or create new online opportunities for students to access the curriculum. Along with a number of campus course sites, such as Mechanics of Solids (CEE 205), by Sigrid Adriaenssens, Professor Jennifer Widner is now offering her MOOC Making Government Work in Hard Places through edX and Professor Maria Garlock's Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges which began in spring 2016.

Kadenze

Kadenze offers interactive courses with unique capabilities tailored to the arts, including media–rich lessons and algorithms to analyze and measure students' performance and progress. The courses are open to learners worldwide. Professor Dan Trueman’s MOOC Reinventing the Piano will begin in fall 2016.

NovoEd

NovoEd is a for­profit online platform founded by Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi at Stanford University. NovoEd uniquely enables student collaboration in organized groups. Jeremy Adelman taught Global History Lab on NovoEd in the fall of 2014, and his own students as well as students around the world collaborated in teams and submitted assignments together.  Jennifer Widner’s Making Government Work in Hard Places, was taught on NovoEd in Spring of 2015.

Blackboard

Blackboard is used to provide course sites in connection with the vast majority of residential courses at Princeton; these sites are primarily accessible only to enrolled students and instructors. It provides a location for all course­specific material and data, including readings, assignments, and grades. Groups can collaborate online on their work together according to precept or other groupings.


This matrix below indicates which features are supported on the various platforms we support. For additional information and guidance in selecting the best platform for your course, contact the online learning team at the McGraw Center.

  Coursera Kadenze NovoEd Blackboard
Open X X X  
Private X X X X
Session-based X X X X
Self-paced X      
Learning Activities        
Individual Work X   X X
Team based work     X X
Assessments        
Machine Graded X X X X
Individual Presentations X X X X
Team Presentations     X X
Multimedia Presentations X X X X
Student Blogs       X
Peer Grading and Evaluation X X X  
Discussion Forums X X X X
Office Hours X   X