Online education series presents 2U speaker

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Nov. 26, 2012

Jeremy Johnson, president of undergraduate programs for 2U Inc., will be the guest speaker for the Academic Learning Community's next Online Interactive Education series on Friday, Nov. 30. "2U and Online Courses for Credit" is set for 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

2U Inc. leads, coordinates and partners with higher education institutions to deliver online degree programs to students globally.  

Johnson, who will appear via 2U's virtual classroom that will be used by students in the online program, is part of 2U's founding team.  

This month, 2U Inc. joined with Emory and a consortium of leading universities to launch Semester Online, a new online education program that will offer rigorous, for-credit undergraduate courses taught by some of the nation's top educators.  

The partnership is expected to increase scholarship opportunities for Emory students while providing flexibility in managing their personal and academic lives. In addition, it should open new collaborative teaching opportunities among faculty at participating universities and enrich the diversity of classroom discourse.  

Unlike some massive open online courses (MOOCs), Semester Online charges tuition, has a selective admissions process, and will offer for-credit courses presented in a live, real-time interactive classroom.  

This is the last seminar in the four-session Academic Learning Community on Online Interactive Education at Emory to examine existing online and evolving scholarship technologies, other third-party platform providers, technologies available to Emory faculty, and the broader implications of online learning. Academic Learning Communities are hosted by Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.  

The event is open to everyone; however, those planning to attend should register by sending an email to jdweems@emory.edu.