The University of Edinburgh has become the first UK institution to join online higher education platform Coursera.
The Scottish university is one of 12 North American and European universities to join the service so far this year. The others include CalTech and Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest announcement, the company also said that it had raised a further $22 million (£14 million) of funding from investors.
Coursera, co-founded in 2011 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Coller, allows universities to provide courses online for free. The platform can host materials including video lectures, interactive quizzes and student assignments.
Although these courses are not accredited as full degrees, students do receive a certificate to show they have completed one. The revenue generated by the service is shared between Coursera and the university providing the course.
Coursera’s backers include the New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). The latest round of funding also includes a combined $3.7 million investment by Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania, which joined the platform in April 2012.
In its first few months, Coursera has acquired 650,000 students.