Georgetown U. Joins edX to Offer Free Courses Online

A nonprofit venture, edX was launched by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this past spring. Other partner institutions include the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Texas, and Wellesley College. In a statement on Georgetown’s Web site, officials say the university will use edX to study how students learn and how technology can enrich the learning experience.

For Georgetown, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, securing an agreement to work with the site led by MIT and Harvard was a major coup. Two hundred colleges and universities have approached edX about possible partnerships. But the site’s leadership has been extremely selective. “We would like to have the best courses from the best professors from the best universities,” edX’s president, Anant Agarwal, said. “Georgetown certainly brings that.”

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