Georgia Tech officials said the school has been involved in online learning for almost 30 years, so expanding web-based learning opportunities fit the university’s long-term goal of making higher education more accessible and affordable.

“Georgia Tech’s vision is to define the technological research university of the 21st century. We will explore technologies and instructional approaches that will improve our role as a leading provider of the best and most effective education in the state of Georgia, the nation and the world,” said Rafael Bras, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Tech.

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the university’s cheap master’s program could prove to be a model for how campuses, MOOC providers, and corporate entities can team up to provide low-cost education that would better prepare students for available jobs in technology and computer science.

“This new collaboration between Georgia Tech, AT&T and Udacity, and the application of the MOOC concept to advanced-degree programs, will further the national debate — pushing from conversations about technology to new models of instruction and new linkages between higher education and employers,” Duncan said.


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