The University has kicked off its partnership with Coursera, offering five not-for-credit courses taught by UVA professors that run intermittently January through April. The online courses are free and open to all.

Here are some numbers—as of mid-February—that provide an idea of the interest in these Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

306,402 Total enrollment for spring 2013

74,487 Enrollment for the first MOOC offered by UVA—Professor Ed Hess' Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses

15,318 Posts and comments on a discussion forum for participants in Hess' class