July 17, 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of Georgia Tech’s partnership with Coursera, one of the premier companies offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). Founded by Stanford University professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, Coursera partners with the top universities and organizations around the world to offer online courses at no cost by using technology that enables instructors to teach thousands of students in a single course session.
IRIM faculty members played a prominent role in Tech’s debut on Coursera by developing three of the Institute’s first MOOCs. Magnus Egerstedt offered Control of Mobile Robots, Irfan Essa taught Computational Photography, and Tucker Balch led Computational Investing, Part 1, which began in August 2013, for the third time.
Over the last year, Tech has offered 15 different courses in a variety of disciplines on the Coursera platform with a combined enrollment of more than 400,000 students. Currently, Coursera has 4.4 million students, offers 431 courses, and partners with 75 global institutions and 10 U.S. university systems, including the University System of Georgia.
In May 2013, Tech’s College of Computing announced it would offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the MOOC format. The degree will be provided in collaboration with Udacity and AT&T. RIM faculty member Charles Isbell Jr. is slated to teach one of the program’s first courses.