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Massive Open Online Courses

Providing worldwide access to Georgia Tech's courses and programs
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Overview

Rapid expansion in technology has given learners worldwide access to Georgia Tech’s top-ranked programs and world-class faculty through free open online courses, or MOOCs. As a pioneer in online learning, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) offered its first MOOC in 2012. Since then, total MOOC enrollments have exceeded 3.3 million to date with more than 30 online courses offered in topics ranging from engineering to computing and ESL.

Unlike traditional courses that require you to be physically present in a university lecture hall, MOOCs are a self-paced and free online option, allowing you to be part of a virtual global network of faculty, peers, and industry experts from almost anywhere in the world.

How MOOCs Work

All MOOCs are developed by GTPE’s Learning Design Team who understand the specific needs of adult learners in an online environment. The team – comprised of instructional designers, interactive media producers, graphic artists, editors, and simulation experts – partners with faculty to revamp in-class lectures into material suitable for highly engaging and effective online learning.

Offered through our partner platforms, MOOCs are available to anyone with an internet connection and are free to enroll. Some MOOCs can be started any time – others at regular intervals – and range in length from a few weeks to a few months to complete. You’ll have access to a wide range of online media and interactive tools, including video lectures, class exercises, discussions, and assessments.

Upon successful completion of some online courses, you can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. We encourage you to share your Georgia Tech credentials on your resume, LinkedIn profile, or anywhere you wish to demonstrate your mastery of the subject.

OPEN ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

Introduction to Engineering Mechanics (DL 0001M)

Engineers are the ultimate problem solvers. This course introduces the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems. It addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real-world engineering applications and problem solving. To master ...

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility (DL 0003M)

Individuals with disabilities often encounter barriers in accessing electronic information and using digital technologies. In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of accessibility design in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. You will focus on identifyi...

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Energy 101: The Big Picture (DL 0002M)

Energy is used every moment to improve the quality of our lives. The Energy 101 course develops the big-picture outlook, connecting the details of energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and the future. You will gain perspective and context for the daily onslaught of energy news i...

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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review (DL 0007M)

Brush up on your engineering fundamentals! Prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam by reviewing the seven major knowledge areas that it covers, with emphasis on civil-engineering subjects. The FE exam is now a computer-based test that is offered year-round.

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Advanced Engineering Systems in Motion: Dynamics of Three Dimensional 3D Motion (DL 0006M)

Kinetics is the study of forces acting on these bodies and how it affects their motion. This course is an advanced study of bodies in motion as applied to engineering systems and structures. You will study the dynamics of rigid bodies in 3D motion, consisting of both the kinematics and kinetic...

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Applications in Engineering Mechanics (DL 0004M)

The Applications in Engineering Mechanics course builds upon the principles you mastered in Introduction to Engineering Mechanics. Move beyond the fundamentals to learn modeling and analysis of static equilibrium pr...

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Engineering System in Motion: Dynamics of Particles and Bodies in 2D Motion (DL 0005M)

This course is an introduction to the study of bodies in motion, as applied to engineering systems and structures. You will study the dynamics of particle motion and bodies in rigid planar (2D) motion, which consists of both the kinematics and kinetics of motion. Kinematics deals with the geom...

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Control of Mobile Robots (DL 0013M)

The Control of Mobile Robots course focuses on the application of modern control theory to the problem of making robots move around in safe and effective ways. This class involves many moving parts since robotics involves everything from basic theory all the way to an actual robot moving ...

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Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress and Strain and Axial Loading (DL 0014M)

This course expands on subjects covered in the Introduction to Engineering Mechanics and in Applications in Engineering Mechanics courses. Here, you will focus on axial loading and gain an understanding of what causes stress and strain on solid objects, which will help you problem solve and pl...

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Mechanics of Materials II: Thin Walled Pressure Vessels and Torsion (DL 0015M)

This course explores the analysis and design of thin-walled pressure vessels and engineering structures subjected to torsion. The course will look at real-world applications for thin-walled pressure vessels, such as gas storage tanks, simple spray cans, and techniques that could even be used t...

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Games Without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory (DL 0010M)

This course explores the mathematical theory of two-player games without chance moves. You will cover simplifying games, determining when games are equivalent to numbers, and impartial games. Many of the examples of simple games may be new to you, such as Hackenbush, Nim, Push, Toads and ...

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Mechanics of Materials III: Beam Bending (DL 0016M)

Explore the analysis and design of beam bending problems in this third course in the Mechanics of Materials series.

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Mechanics of Materials IV: Deflections, Buckling, Combined Loading and Failure Theories (DL 0017M)

This is the final course in the Mechanics of Materials series. Exploring the analysis and design of engineering structures, you will learn to consider factors of deflection, buckling, combined loading, and failure theories.

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Introduction to High Throughput Materials Development (DL 0018M)

It is well recognized that the discovery of new materials is the key to solving many technological problems faced by industry and society. These problems include energy production and utilization, carbon capture, tissue engineering, and sustainable materials production, among many others. This...

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Materials Data Sciences and Informatics (DL 0019M)

This course provides a succinct overview of the emerging discipline of materials informatics at the intersection of materials science, computational science, and information science. You will discover specific opportunities afforded by this new field in accelerating materials development and d...

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Introduction to Electronics (DL 0021M)

The Introduction to Electronics course introduces you to the basic concepts of electronics, including diodes, transistors, and op amps. Basic operation and some common applications will also be discussed.

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Introduction to User Experience Design (DL 0022M)

Design is an essential part of providing a great user experience (UX), offering the user what they need in the most efficient and satisfying manner. This introductory course introduces the novice designer to a systematic and data-driven process cycle of discovery and evaluation, as well as a s...

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Material Behavior (DL 0023M)

Have you ever wondered why ceramics are hard and brittle while metals tend to be soft and pliable? Or how about why some materials conduct heat or electricity while others are insulators? In this course, you will learn how a material’s properties are determined by the microstructure of t...

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Machine Design Part 1 (DL 0025M)

Machine Design Part I is the first course in an in-depth, three-course series focusing on machine design. The series covers fundamental mechanical design topics, such as static and fatigue failure theories, the analysis of shafts, fasteners, and gears, and the design of mechanical systems, suc...

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Linear Circuits 1: DC Analysis (DL 0027M)

A direct current (DC) source is one that is constant. In this course, you will learn how to analyze circuits that have DC or voltage sources, including circuits with resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Some practical applications in sensors will be demonstrated as well.

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Supply Chain Principles (DL 0026M)

Looking to gain a solid understanding of what a supply chain is all about? This course provides a great introduction to the integrated supply chain model. You will have the chance to leverage discussions, videos, and quizzes to expand your foundational knowledge on the subject and find out abo...

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Introduction to Analytics Modeling (DL 001MM)

Analytical models are key to understanding data, generating predictions, and making business decisions. Without models, it is nearly impossible to gain insights from data. In modeling, it’s essential to understand how to choose the right data sets, algorithms, techniques, and formats to ...

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Material Processing (DL 0024M)

This course picks up with an overview of basic thermodynamics and kinetics as they pertain to the processing of crystalline materials. The first module deals with phase diagrams -- charts that tell us how a material will behave given a certain set of variables such as temperature, pressur...

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Computing for Data Analysis (DL 002MM)

This course is your hands-on introduction to programming techniques relevant to data analysis and machine learning. Most of the programming exercises will be based on Python and SQL.

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Innovation Leadership (DL 0029M)

In the 21st century, there are millions of innovators but few authentic innovation leaders able to inspire and guide innovators and their teams to create breakthrough products with their innovative ideas. In this original course, Innovation Leadership, you'll learn how to become an innovat...

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Data Analytics in Business (DL 003MM)

Businesses, consumers, and societies leave behind massive amounts of data as a by-product of their activities. Leading-edge companies in every industry are using analytics to replace intuition and guesswork in their decision making. As a result, managers are collecting and analyzing enormous d...

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Health Informatics: Current and Historical Perspective (DL 0030M)

The field of health informatics emphasis the management and use of patient healthcare information. In this course, you’ll gain a brief overview of its history and capabilities, as well as an understanding of its slow adoption within organizations. You’ll be introduced to the Fast H...

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Health Informatics: Data and Interoperability Standards (DL 0031M)

As the exchange of health records and other clinical systems used in patient care become increasingly digital, the focus turns to how this health information can be communicated and shared throughout a patient’s health journey. While often a challenge, adopting health data standards in a...

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Health Informatics: The Cutting Edge (DL 0032M)

Adopting digital health records and sharing its data is a critical step forward. In order to foster better collaboration across patient healthcare providers, cutting edge tools and systems must be used to improve the quality of patient care. This course will look at academic and industry resea...

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Human-Computer Interaction I: Fundamentals and Design Principles (DL 0033M)

Learn the principles of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to create intuitive, usable interfaces, with established design principles like feedback cycles, direct manipulation, affordances, signifiers, and more. In this course, you’ll take the first steps toward being a solid HCI practitioner an...

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Human-Computer Interaction II: Cognition and Culture (DL 0034M)

Get into the user’s mind to understand the techniques for designing and evaluating user-centered systems that integrate with and influence the world around us. In order to expand the scope through which you view human-computer interaction, you’ll start by going further inside the user’s mind t...

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Human-Computer Interaction III: Ethics, Needfinding and Prototyping (DL 0035M)

Build on your foundational knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction’s (HCI) core principles by learning to design interfaces in the real world. From the investigating user needs to brainstorming potential designs, creating prototypes, and evaluating those prototypes, you’ll learn the four-stage...

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Human-Computer Interaction IV: Evaluation, Agile Methods and Beyond (DL 0036M)

Complete your understanding of the design life cycle by learning to take interface ideas, prototype them quickly, and evaluate them with real users. In this final course in the professional certificate, you’ll complete your understanding of the design life cycle and learn about the modern rele...

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Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters

Take three introductory Georgia Tech courses in analytics to earn a MicroMasters credential from edX. Learn fundamental, in-demand analytics skills to maximize business impact and advance your career as an analyst.

MOOC PARTNERSHIPS

Georgia Tech offers MOOC courses in partnership with edX, Coursera, and Udacity. To enroll in one of Georgia Tech’s many MOOCs, please browse the available courses on our partner platforms below.
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edX
Offering courses under the brand GTx, Georgia Tech joins a consortium of edX partners that has instructed more than six million learners since its inception.
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Coursera
From ESL to machine design and UX, Georgia Tech and Coursera offer more than 20 online courses across a range of disciplines.
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Udacity
Georgia Tech, Udacity, and AT&T have teamed up to offer an online Master´s degree in Computer Science—the first of its kind delivered through a MOOC platform.

MOOC Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment
How do MOOCs work?

Designed for an online audience, MOOCs are available to anyone with an internet connection and are free to enroll. Some MOOCs can be started any time – others at regular intervals – and range in length from a few weeks to a few months to complete. You’ll have access to a wide range of online media and interactive tools, including video lectures, class exercises, discussions, and assessments.

Who can enroll in MOOCs?

Anyone with an internet connection can enroll. Sme courses may be unavailable in a small number of countries because of trade restrictions or government policies.

How do you enroll in a MOOC?

Visit one of our partner platforms — edX, Coursera, or Udacity — to enroll in a MOOC. Then, watch the pre-recorded lectures, learn from the course readings, and complete related work, like quizzes and in some cases, final projects.

How much do MOOCs cost?

Most courses are free, though there is a small fee if you opt to work towards a certificate of completion. Some courses count toward university credit—and some, like our online master’s program in computer science, offer a full degree. These credit-bearing courses do have fees and applications associated with them.

MOOC Credentials
Can I receive CEUs from completed a MOOC?

Yes, Georgia Tech offers CEUs for some completed MOOC courses taken through Coursera and edX. You have the option of purchasing CEUs after earning a verified course certificate.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is an acknowledgement that you've successfully completed a MOOC course. You can display your digital badge on your online profiles so that colleagues and employers can see your achievements at a glance.

What other credentials are available after completing a MOOC?

You can earn CEUs, digital badges, and verified certificates of completion. You can also use MOOCs as an alternate pathway to enter Georgia Tech master's programs through The Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters and the Online Master's in Computer Science.

Who issues the transcript or completion certification?

Certificates of completion are issued by the online providers edX, Coursera, and Udacity. Although they are a great way to showcase your skills, they are not the same as official academic credit from Georgia Tech. However, if you purchase CEUs (which are denoted by a badge), then you can request an official GTPE transcript for free.

MOOC NEWS

MOOC NEWS

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Georgia Tech’s First MOOC on Accessibility Wins Innovation Award
The course addresses the importance of developing an inclusive workplace for employees and customers with disabilities. The MOOC is recognized for being an...
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Georgia Tech's Language Institute and Center for 21st Century Universities create app for non-native English speakers.
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From free MOOCs to fully accredited master's degrees, Georgia Tech Online delivers media-rich, learner-centric experiences to the 21st-century learner.

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