Georgetown to Offer Free Online Courses

School to offer courses through edX, an online education provider that also works with Harvard & MIT

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    Georgetown University plans to offer free online courses starting next fall, the Washington Post first reported.

    The school will offer the courses through edX, an online education provider that also works with Harvard and MIT.

    The classes will allow students to work at their own pace with video lectures, tests, and discussion boards, the Post reports:

    Millions of people have signed up this year on various Web sites for massive, open online courses, or MOOCs, which offer self-paced learning through video lectures, tests, homework, discussion boards and other digital interfaces.
    Advocates say MOOCs will democratize higher education and spark a teaching revolution on campuses. Skeptics call it little more than brand promotion.

    The program will be known as GeorgetownX. For now, students in these courses will not be able to receive credits toward a degree.

    A similar platform, Coursera, offers online courses from schools such as University of Maryland, the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University.

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