SAGE announces a major partnership with Coursera

SAGE has just announced a partnership with Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, to make its educational resources available to more than three million Coursera students. Starting today, this partnership grants Coursera instructors the option to supplement their video lectures with SAGE’s wide-range of titles at no cost to students. The partnership is enabled by Chegg, a learning platform selected by Coursera as its exclusive DRM/eReader provider.

The list of Coursera partners is growing and includes a number of university presses (among them University of California, Stanford, and Rutgers). SAGE is one of several new publishers to enter into an agreement with the learning platform (others are expected to be announced today). NSR reached out to SAGE to get more information on what this partnership means for the publisher and the wider education community, including libraries (full press release is available below the Q&A).

NSR: What types of SAGE ebooks will be available to students? Textbooks only? What about reference sets? Will SAGE open up certain subject areas only or provide access to a range of scholarly disciplines?

SAGE: We will be sharing a wide range of our book and textbook content across all academic disciplines based on the needs of Coursera instructors. Coursera instructors will have the ability to ask for content from each of the partnering publishers a few months before their courses begin. After receiving a request for SAGE resources, we will be working with our authors to determine the extent to which their texts will be available to students free of charge.

NSR: Please explain the business model. Will there be any incentives for the students? How will the content be priced for those who wish to purchase it through Coursera (an option for the students)? Will students be able to buy chapters?

SAGE: We will be consulting with our authors on a case-by-case basis to determine if we should make the entire eBook of each title available, or an alternate, custom version of the eBook, consisting of selected chapters or extracts. There will be a link on the Coursera landing page and a link embedded on Coursera Course home pages that will direct students to Chegg for the option to purchase the original eBook and to the Publisher (or Publisher partners) for print copy purchases. Coursera is also exploring other opportunities to partner with universities and publishers to provide high quality, affordable content for students.

NSR: It seems that publishers partnering with Coursera, including SAGE, are attempting to connect on a deeper level with consumers directly. What roles do you see libraries play in these types of endeavors, if any?

SAGE: As the leading independent publisher of the social sciences, SAGE is taking a forward-looking, proactive role in engaging with a wide-range of experiments – including MOOCs – that are reshaping traditional and online learning. SAGE and our library partners share the joint mission of supporting the broad dissemination of scholarship and education and we see this new partnership as an unprecedented type of support in that vein for primary library patrons: instructors and learners.




SAGE and Coursera announce a pilot program to supplement online courses with high-quality content


Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2013) – SAGE today announced a partnership with Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, to launch a pilot program that will expand the availability of high-quality educational resources to more than three million Coursera students. From today, this partnership will grant Coursera instructors the option to supplement their video lectures with rigorously-developed, pedagogical content from SAGE at no cost to their students. The partnership is enabled by Chegg, a leading student-connected learning platform, whom Coursera has selected as its exclusive DRM/eReader provider.


While it has been well-documented that access to quality pedagogical material plays a crucial role in the student-learning experience, previously Coursera professors were only able to use materials that were freely available online as resources for students. This new partnership with SAGE will provide Coursera students with access to high quality educational resources from leading authors.


“Since the founding of our company in 1965, SAGE has been highly committed to the broad dissemination of scholarship and education in often unprecedented ways,” stated Michele Sordi, SAGE’s Vice President of Editorial. “Our mission as the leading independent publisher of the social sciences uniquely positions SAGE as an optimal partner to provide wider access to content which supports the application of evidence-based research to education and problem-solving at the global, local, and individual level.”


“We are very pleased to partner with SAGE to allow access to some of their high-quality and dynamic educational material,” stated Daphne Koller, Co-founder of Coursera. “Adding this content to the learning material provided by Coursera professors is an important step for free online education. We are confident that it will enhance the student experience and will assist us in our goal to support learning without limits.”


Through this partnership, SAGE will work closely with its authors to provide Coursera-registered students with free access to select textbook content requested by instructors for the duration of the 8-week long MOOC courses, delivered via Chegg’s DRM-protected e-Reader. Coursera students will have the option to purchase print and digital copies of SAGE texts and premium resources.


Michele continued, “SAGE is pleased to partner with Coursera and excited to take a forward-looking role in the ongoing technology-led experiments to improve student learning outcomes with a blended approach to open educational resources.”




SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.


Coursera is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people by offering classes from top universities and professors online for free. Coursera’s comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students from around the world a unique online learning experience. Coursera has partnered with top-tier universities to provide courses across a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science, among others. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. For more information,