McGill gets on online-course bandwagon


MOOCs are coming to McGill University. These massive open online courses - all the rage in education circles, with The New York Times having dubbed 2012 as The Year of the MOOC - may offer Quebec students the kind of accessibility they've been looking for. That is, the courses are free, although they don't typically offer academic credit. McGill will join several universities around the world as a member of the edX consortium, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. McGill will begin to offer the courses in 2014. Professors at McGill, working closely with edX teams, will design, develop and deliver MOOCs, with initial course offerings in sciences, humanities and public policy.