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How MOOCs Work

How are Georgia Tech’s MOOCs Designed and Delivered?
Georgia Tech’s faculty members plan and design the content of each MOOC, which is then delivered online through learning platforms like Coursera, Udacity, and edX. These MOOC courses make it possible for us to extend a high-quality education to more people from all over the world, which is in line with our mission as a public university.


How Can Students Enroll in a MOOC?
To enroll in one of Georgia Tech’s many MOOCs, please browse the available courses on our partner platforms, Coursera and edX:

We also encourage you to consider our online master’s program in computer science (OMSCS), offered via Udacity. The OMSCS is an accredited degree program just like the one available on-site at Georgia Tech, but at a fraction of the price.


What Does it Take to Complete a MOOC?
Plan to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete a MOOC course. Most courses can be taken at your own pace and on your own time.

Each MOOC comes with access to a complete curriculum including instructor videos, class exercises, and, in some cases, a final project. To successfully complete a course, be sure to watch all the videos, do all of the exercises, and turn in your final project, if applicable.

You can stay motivated, ask questions, and discuss ideas in the online forums, where you can connect with thousands of other learners who are taking the course at the same time. 


What Do Students Get Upon Completion?
When you enroll in an online course from Georgia Tech, you can opt to work towards a verified course certificate and a digital badge to display on your online profiles as official recognition of your work. Some courses are also eligible for CEUs from Georgia Tech, and are contingent upon earning a verified course certificate first.

While most MOOC courses are free, there is a small fee for a verified course certificate, as well as CEUs and transcripts from Georgia Tech. (Note that course certificates from Coursera, Udacity, and edX aren’t the same as official academic credit from Georgia Tech).