Georgia Institute of Technology to award credit through massive open online course in computer science

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.

Georgia Tech has since 2014 offered a low-cost online master’s degree program in computer science, in which course content is delivered through MOOCs. That program now has nearly 4,000 students, and the institute is looking for opportunities to test the model elsewhere, said Zvi Galil, the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing. Early reviews of the program have given it high marks for rigor, and experts on online education has

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