Georgetown joins venture to provide online learning courses worldwide


The addition of Georgetown to edX marks the latest development in a fast-growing movement that aspires to connect the ivory tower to the world. Millions of people have signed up on Web sites for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which offer self-paced learning via video lectures, tests, homework, discussion boards, and digital interfaces. Advocates say MOOCs will democratize higher education and spark a teaching revolution. Skeptics call it little more than brand promotion. EdX, which Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched in May, hosts MOOCs from those schools and University of California at Berkeley. The University of Texas system joined as did Wellesley College recently. Like Georgetown, they plan to add MOOCs to edX next year.

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