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University System of Georgia To Launch For-Credit MOOC Program

The University System of Georgia (USG) is launching a massive open online course (MOOC) program that will allow students to earn credit toward USG degrees.

The system, which "has developed and put into widespread use a number of alternative pathways for students to achieve degree completion," according to a news release, will use Desire2Learn's integrated learning platform for the project.

"As we focus on how to better serve our students, clearly the use of technology and online learning will play a more and more important role," said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby in a prepared statement. "We have to think creatively about how we can meet the needs of students through access and in affordability."

"A key measure of success for an online learning initiative is its demonstrated ability to help increase student learning and graduation rates," added Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at USG. "Partnerships with organizations such as Desire2Learn provide the University System with more options to help our students succeed academically."

The University System of Georgia comprises four research universities, four comprehensive universities, 10 state universities, 13 state colleges, the Georgia Archives, and the Georgia Public Library Sevice. More information is available at usg.edu.

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