May 30, 2013 — Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has partnered with edX, a prestigious online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in which anyone around the globe can learn online for free from faculty members at top colleges and universities.
The first courses Georgetown will offer through edX reflect the university’s educational mission to engage with and help solve the problems that people face around the globe. Two courses, Introduction to Bioethics and Globalization’s Winners and Losers: Challenges for Developed and Developing Countries, will be offered this fall.
“These first courses through edX are an extension of our mission and tradition, which call on us to create and disseminate knowledge in effective, innovative ways, and to speak to some of our world’s most pressing issues,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.
The Georgetown edX courses are interdisciplinary in their approach to complex problems, featuring faculty from a diverse range of disciplines.
These free classes online come complete with reading lists, video tutorials and moderated discussions. While students do not receive credit for MOOCs, they can gain a certificate if they complete the course requirements.
The edX partnership is part of a larger “technology-enhanced learning” initiative Georgetown has launched.
Along with offering online courses, Georgetown will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can enrich learning on campus.
“In joining edX, we become part of a consortium of institutions on the cutting edge of higher education,” DeGioia said. “As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we have been committed to working at the frontiers of education and meeting global needs since our founding in 1789.”