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Online Learning Initiatives

Digital Learning Website

The Digital Learning website showcases the many faculty innovations in teaching and learning that leverage new educational technologies to enhance the student learning experience.


Northwestern offers all of its MOOCs at no cost to its faculty, staff, and students. You can earn a Course Certificate, and access all MOOC content, for all Northwestern MOOCs on Coursera free of charge! To enroll in a Northwestern course and activate the special free course certificate offer, please follow the enrollment steps listed HERE.

Northwestern Online Programs

Many schools at Northwestern have developed their own modules and courses to offer students a variety of online, blended, and distance learning opportunities. Click here to learn more.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Northwestern University is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance-education courses and programs. SARA membership includes all states (and the District of Columbia), except California. Click here to learn more about SARA.

Process for Resolving Complaints

Online students who have a complaint or grievance are encouraged to work with their school to seek advice or may follow the procedures set forth in the student handbook. Students may escalate complaints to the appropriate state agency if the outcome is not satisfactory. Please click here for further information on this process.