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Big Ten Continues Free Course-Sharing Initiative For Spring Semester

Penn State students can continue taking one free online course at select Big Ten universities this spring free of charge through the conference’s course-sharing initiative, the university announced Tuesday.

The program, launched by the Big Ten Academic Alliance, was designed to enhance educational opportunities for students and compensate for obstacles caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“In some ways the pandemic has made our lives smaller, but Penn State and our Big Ten peers are finding creative ways to expand our students’ horizons despite present challenges,” said Nick Jones, Penn State executive vice president and provost. “Through this initiative, Penn State students can learn from some of the brightest minds from across the Big Ten, and students at our peer institutions can learn from Penn State’s world-class faculty.”

Participating universities include Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Rutgers.

Available courses cover a wide range of topics, including sport psychology, sign language, fashion, insect biology, among many more. A full list of course offerings for each university can be found here.

For more information about the course-sharing program, head to the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s website.

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