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McGill U, EdX Partner on MOOC for Groups

McGill University is partnering with edX to launch what they institutions are calling a "GROOC," or a massive open online course (MOOC) for groups.

The new course, "Social Learning for Social Impact," launches next month and "aims to inspire social change through global collaboration of like-minded people working to create positive, sustainable impact," according to a news release.

Features of the GROOC include:

  • A curriculum geared toward group, rather than individual, learning;
  • Ongoing feedback from trained facilitators;
  • Groups formed through a matchmaking process that will pair students according to interests in particular problems or themes; and
  • Social changes themes determined by the students.

The course, which already has students enrolled from more than 125 countries, was co-created by Henry Mintzberg and based on his latest book, Rebalancing Society.

"There are millions of people around the world working on social initiatives," Mintzberg said in a news release. "We need millions more. This GROOC will provide an important platform to begin answering this need."

For more information, or to sign up, visit

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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