According to the Washington Post, Georgetown University will be joining the edX online learning system and begin offering free online courses alongside Harvard & MIT and a few other schools.
edX is a not-for-profit partnership between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created to design and offer interactive, web-based courses. Launched in May, 2012, it later expanded to include the University of California, Berkeley, the entire University of Texas system and Wellesley College.
Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn online and how technologies implemented in the courses change the learning environment.
edX online contexts are large scale MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) that are created to serve course populations in the thousands instead of the more tradition 20 or 30 student-per-course groups of traditional classrooms and early online learning environments.