Two HBCU’s Expected to Announce MOOC Deals

Morgan State University, a Baltimore-based Historically Black College or University (HBCU), has reported that it is close to reaching a deal with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity. The agreement, which is expected to be finalized in January, will make Morgan State the first HBCU to experiment with MOOCs.

While the specific terms of the deal have yet to be announced, it is expected that the agreement will not only allow Morgan State faculty to develop MOOCs, but will also enable the school's 6,400 undergraduates to receive academic credit for taking classes through Udacity. Morgan State's inauguaral MOOC is being developed with assistance from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and university officials hope to debut the class in summer 2013, with students able to enroll by fall.

Morgan State will not be the only HBCU in the MOOC game for long. Alcorn State University is looking to announce its own deal with Udacity by late spring 2013. Lorman, Miss.-based Alcorn State is attempting to negotiate a contract similar to what Morgan State is pursuing and with the first Alcorn State class being available to students by fall 2013.

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