Georgia Tech is another institution that has recently signed up with Coursera, following in the footsteps of establishments such as the University of Virginia, and they are set to offer their students courses in computational investing, control of mobile robots, computational photography and energy 101. This is an exciting step for the institution, who already reaches more than 25,000 students through the Office of Professional Education. The president of the establishment, G.P Peterson believes that this new partnership will help Georgia Tech spread its reach even further.
Georgia Expanding On Their Current Online Offerings
While the institution has already been involved with online learning in the past, but the provost, Rafael L. Bras sees this new agreement with Coursera as an opportunity to “expand out presence in that space, provide increased global access to our excellent education products, experiment with new methods and ideas in the delivery of education and, most importantly, enhance the learning options and convenience for our own students.”
Online Courses Aim To Cover a Wide Range Of Disciplines
While the offerings that are being made available to online students by Georgia Tech are currently limited, they have plans to offer courses across a wide range of subjects and disciplines – and this new step is only the beginning.
Keeping Up With The Students Of The Technological Era
The director of Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities, Rich DeMillo, believes that students are currently outpacing their own institutions, with regards to technology, and this means that universities need to bring innovation to the forefront – working with Coursera is believed to be the first step in achieving this. DeMillo recently stated that by partnering with innovative teams such as Coursera, it becomes possible for institutions to “improve student access to course content, but also fundamentally change core value structures such as student recruitment and retention, degree customizations, and overall productivity and efficiency.”
Empowering a Nation Of Learners
By allowing students access to higher education in this manner, universities are providing individuals with the opportunity to empower themselves through education, and this is something that the Dean of Professional Education, Nelson Baker, believes. In a recent statement, he spoke about how these opportunities are allowing individuals to further themselves, whether “in their studies at a university, in their place of employment or just to be members of an educated society.”
Coursera currently boasts over 680,000 learners from about 190 different countries and it seems as if they still have a lot more areas to conquer. Universities all over the country are currently signing up with this online course generator and there might be many more waiting in the wings. While students and institutions take the first steps in what seems to be an online educational revolution, one thing is clear; higher education might soon become a real possibility for the vast majority of the population who were previously denied access to it based on geographic, time or financial constraints, and it seems as if it could not have arrived soon enough.