Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Georgia Tech: 'First Step' Toward More Digital Undergrad Experience - Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The Georgia Institute of Technology is expanding its model of low-cost online computer science education to undergraduates. The institute on Tuesday said it has partnered with massive open online course provider edX and McGraw-Hill Education to offer a fully online introductory coding course. Initially, the course will be available to anyone as a MOOC with an optional $99 identity-verified certificate. After piloting the course next spring among its own students, Georgia Tech intends to offer another incentive for completion: college credit. Unlike at the master’s degree level, Georgia Tech is not considering creating a fully online undergraduate degree in computer science, Galil said. Instead, the institute plans to use the pilot as the first careful move toward a future where students spend less time on campus -- perhaps two to three years -- completing introductory and senior-level courses while in high school or pursuing a career, respectively.

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