Georgetown’s first MOOC attracts 20,000 students from 150 countries

Universities have been struggling with online learning, but Georgetown University has found its partnership with open-source education platform edX to be highly effective and absolutely beneficial, InTheCapital reports.

For it’s the university’s relationship with edX that has led Georgetown to appeal to about 20,000 students from 150 countries, all for one course.

The seven-week massive open online course (MOOC) dubbed “Globalization’s Winners and Losers: Challenges for Developed Countries,” is not due to begin until October 1, but it has already attracted the attention of a truly impressive amount of people.

Then again, with a focus on “how to spread the benefits of the globalization of trade, investment and technology more evenly among developed and developing countries,” it seems like the course is fit to appeal to the masses.

“The aim of this innovative new course is to showcase what the School of Foreign Service does best, namely, to offer students opportunities to explore and debate the most important international policy issues through an interdisciplinary and interactive approach,” School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster explained.

… Georgetown first jumped on the edX bandwagon in December of 2012, the sixth university to join the ranks of MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Wellesley, and the University of Texas system. A premiere not-for-profit online learning platform, edX appeared to be the ideal partner for Georgetown in order to make technology and education work together for the better.

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