Chronicle of Higher Education: Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become extremely popular in the US, the UK has been slow to embrace that educational model. MOOCs are defined by several key features: They are open to anyone, don’t cost anything, allow any number of participants, and don’t usually offer college credit. Now, however, two schools in the UK—the University of Edinburgh and the University of London—have started offering such courses through an American company called Coursera. Next year more schools will be signing on through a new company, called FutureLearn, that is being created by the UK’s Open University. Yet, according to Martin Bean, the OU’s vice chancellor, the UK version will feature a “distinctly British” twist on the American model.