MOOC2Degree Press Release

Academic Partnerships Launches MOOC2Degree Initiative

DALLAS, TEXAS (January 23, 2013)
Academic Partnerships, one of the largest representatives of public universities offering online learning in the United States, is collaborating with many of its 40 public university partners to launch a major innovation in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a MOOC2Degree.

Through this new initiative, the initial course in select online degree programs will be converted into a MOOC. Each MOOC will be the same course with the same academic content, taught by the same instructors, as currently offered degree programs at participating universities. Read More >

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