Announcing new edX Course on Bioethics

Today, Georgetown announced “Introduction to Bioethics” as one of the university’s first massive online open courses (MOOCs) to be launched through the edX platform.

Led by several of the Kennedy Institute’s world-renowned scholars, the course will explore some of the moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies. Course registration is free and open to the public. Classes will start on October 15th, 2013.


Maggie Little, director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute for Ethics, is one of the professors teaching the series of edX bioethics courses.

“We are incredibly excited at the prospect of developing a MOOC on one of Georgetown’s signature strengths —bioethics,” Little says. “Together, with Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS), we have assembled an extraordinary team of faculty, instructional design experts and visual designers to develop a course that is not only experimental, but also conscientious.”

Tom Beauchamp, Robert M. Veatch, Rebecca Kukla, Madison Powers, John Keown and Karen Stohr, will join Little in teaching the bioethics ethics series.

The six-week Introduction to Bioethics module is the first of four modules. The second module will be on Clinical Research Ethics, followed by one on environmental justice, with the fourth module to be determined at a later date.

As edX’s first MOOC on bioethics, “Introduction to Bioethics” is designed to familiarize learners with the range of issues that define bioethics, from birth to the end of life, as well as provide core concepts and skills for thinking deeply about these difficult and fascinating moral issues.

Stay tuned for more updates on the course, including an introduction to the team behind the making of Georgetown’s first massive online open course on bioethics.

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