Burnett and Head Win Grant from Gates Foundation

Composition Courses Offered Free Through Coursera

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LMC professors are part of $150,000 grant to develop massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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Although most MOOCS tend to feature advanced topics, the three courses that received a $150,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are among the first to target  students who have yet to pursue or complete a college degree. The three new Georgia Tech courses will cover introductory topics in the subjects of English composition, physics and psychology. Each will be available free through Coursera and is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation received the grant and will work with the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), the College of Sciences, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts to develop the innovative online learning courses.

Rich DeMillo, director of C21U observes that these “awards address one of higher education’s most pressing problems: bending the cost curve and improving learning outcomes for introductory courses. The Georgia Tech courses being funded by these grants all represent innovation in pedagogy, teaching and technology. If we are successful, courses like these will be a shift in both quality and cost for the vast majority of American college students.”

Professor Rebecca Burnett and Assistant Professor Karen Head in the School of Literature, Media and Communication will lead First-Year Composition 2.0.

Earlier this year, Georgia Tech announced a partnership with Coursera to offer online courses. Currently, registration is open for eight courses led by Georgia Tech professors. The courses have a combined enrollment of more than 140,000 students. The first class, Computational Investing, Part 1, began in October.

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