Our Story


Our first courses open on Coursera!


Jeremy Adelamn

In April 2012, Princeton University becomes one of Coursera's first partners. A few months later, we launch our first MOOC — Mitchell Duneier's Introduction to Sociology.* The course makes national headlines, for instance in this article in the New York Times

In the summer and fall of 2012, we open another 5 courses on Coursera, including A History of the World Since 1300* with Jeremy Adelman (pictured), which has over 120,000 active learners. The course later turn into Global History Lab. Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne create Algorithms, Part I, which quickly becomes an immensely popular course for learners interested in computer programming. We also release Statistics One,* with Andrew Conway, Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes with Mung Chiang, Computer Architecture with David Wentzlaff.  



Princeton Online partners with edX

Jennifer Widner recording the trailer for Making Government Work in Hard Places

In September 2015, Princeton University joins edX as a Charter Member. Within a few weeks, we launch two courses by Jennifer Widner on edX: Writing Case Studies: Science of Delivery and Making Government Work in Hard Places (pictured). Both courses ran on NovoEd earlier in the year.   

In 2015 we also launch four more courses on Coursera, Effective Altruism by Peter Singer, Fog Network and the IoT* with Mung Chiang and Software Defined Networking* with Nick Feamster. We open Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency with Arvind Narayanan, which quickly attracts a large number of learners. In fact, in 2017 it was Coursera's 5th most popular course!



New courses in history, computer science, law and political science



Rob on Location

For the first time we release a course that is taught solely by graduate students! In the Global History of Capitalism on edX, six Ph.D students in Princeton's history department, explore the complex history of capitalism from 1919 until today through a series of roundtable discussions. 

Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne develop another course for learners interested in computer science: Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and Machines on Coursera. The second part of this course, Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose, will be released in 2019. 

We launch two new MOOCs: Civil Liberties with Robert George, and HOPE: Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism* with Uriel Abulof. 

* Denotes a course that is no longer available. 


We expand our portfolio of computer science courses

Sedgwick and Wayne

We launch 4 more computer science courses: Algorithms, Part II, created by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne (pictured),  and two advanced computer science courses, Analysis of Algorithms and Analytic Combinatoric, also by Sedgewick.

Mung Chang and Christopher Brinton develop another network course, Networks: Principles without Calculus, which covers many of the same topics as their first network course, but is tailored for learners with a limited background in math.



Courses in engineering and the arts

Maria Garlock by the Brooklyn Bridge

Dan Trueman develops a musical MOOC on Kadenze. Reinventing the Piano explores a wide range of topics related to the piano, like tune and temperament, pitch and rhythm perception, and instrument design.  

We also release Maria Garlock's Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges on edX. The course was shot almost entirely on location (you may recognize the Brooklyn Bridge in the background of this picture) and leads students through the fundamental principles of bridge engineering, as well as the history and evolution of bridge design.



More MOOCs on the way! 

Amsterdam video recording
The Art of Structural Engineering: Vaults with Maria Garlock launch in January. It is the second of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering. The first course on bridges was launched in 2016, and another course will be developed on buildings/towers. 

We also launch Bob Sedgewick and Kevin Way's second computer sciences course, Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose on Coursera. 

At least 3 new MOOCs are in the works: Constitutional Interpretation with Robert George, Introduction to One Health with Laura Kahn, and Flipping Forensics with Janet Monge. Stay tuned! 

Stay tuned for more! 



More courses on Coursera and first course on NovoEd


Dogs Frasier and Milo

Robert Wright's Buddhism and Modern Psychology*, one of our most popular MOOCs of all time, launch this year. His dogs Frasier and Milo (pictured) are active participants in the Office Hours videos, and soon develop a global fan base!

On Coursera, renowned astrophysicist David Spergel asks the perennial question "Are we alone?" in his course entitled Imagining Other Earths. In his sociology course, Paradoxes of War, Miguel Centeno explores war not only as a normal part of human existence but argues that is one of the most important factors in making us who we are. We also launch Practical Ethics* with Peter Singer on Coursera. 

2014 also saw a new partnership with the online course platform NovoEd, and in the fall we open a new version of Jeremy Adelman's global history course on that platform.



Enhancement and consolidation

Uriel Abulof in the recording studio

For the first time since 2012, we do not launch any new courses. However, we are as busy as ever on updating and maintaining existing courses, creating and supporting courses for Princeton University students (yes, we work on those too!), and developing the courses that will release in 2018.