Harvard Professor Settles Fair-Use Dispute With Record Label
An Australian record label has agreed that a Harvard University law professor’s use of a popular song in a lecture that was posted online constituted fair use of the material, as part of a settlement that ends a legal dispute between the two parties
The record label agreed that Mr. Lessig’s use of the song was fair use, and said it would “amend its copyright and YouTube policy to ensure that mistakes like this will not happen again.” Read more.
EdX Announces New Membership Structure; Expands edx.org
Growing demand from foundations, NGO’s, businesses and universities to offer courses on edx.org has prompted the nonprofit to expand its membership model
Smithsonian, Linux Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank and Osaka University among new members joining the non-profit online learning community
Cambridge, MA – March 6, 2014 – EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the 32 charter members of the xConsortium, today announced a new expanded membership structure that will enable additional universities and colleges, foundations and other global organizations to join the edX community. These new members will supplement the distinguished group of colleges and universities that currently make up the xConsortium. The expansion comes in response to increasing demand from edX students for a broader array of courses, along with growing interest from academic and non-academic institutions to offer a diverse set of high quality courses to a global audience on edx.org and through the expanding network of edX open source partners.
New edX members represent a diverse mix of global leaders that will develop high-quality courses for the edX platform. The xConsortium includes founding members Harvard and MIT and some of the world’s most prestigious universities such as Australian National University, UC Berkeley, Boston University, Delft University of Technology, University of Texas, Tsinghua University and the University of Queensland. The 32 charter members will continue to provide edX with strategic counsel, while driving its three-part mission: to open up access to the world’s best education globally, improve on-campus education, and conduct research to enhance teaching and learning.
New edX members announced today include:
Colleges and Universities
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
International Monetary Fund
Inter-American Development Bank
Learning by Giving Foundation (Buffett family philanthropy)
The Linux Foundation
The Smithsonian Institution
Televisión Educativa, Secretaría de Educación Pública, Mexico
“Improving the quality of global education and student success remains at the core of the edX mission, and we are continuing to grow and expand as we build the next generation of online learning,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “We are energized by the increasing interest from leaders in academia, non-profits, NGO’s, countries and industry to join the edX community, with many also using our open source technology. Through our new membership structure, we are opening up edx.org to a wider pool of quality course providers, while offering both our global learners and our open-source adopters additional diversity and richness in our course offerings.”
“EdX shares our values in increasing access to course material that can help learners achieve their personal goals and advance important technologies like Linux,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “EdX, like Linux Foundation, is not-for-profit and uses open source to innovate. Our partnership is a natural one, and we look forward to working together to bring important knowledge to the masses.”
Adds Tedd Dodds, CIO of xConsortium member Cornell University, “When we joined edX in 2013, we were continuing the Cornell tradition of serving a broad community of students. Expanding edX membership to global leaders such as the Smithsonian helps all edX partners, including Cornell, to extend our reach to an even more diverse set of learners. We welcome these new members to the edX platform.”
All courses developed by these new members, such as “Giving With Purpose: How to get the most out of your charitable giving,” offered by Learning by Giving Foundation, will be vetted by edX to ensure relevance and quality.
Since its inception, edX has embraced a number of innovative collaborations with organizations including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Stanford University, The College Board, World Economic Forum and others. Institutions and countries that have adopted edX’s open source platform include France, China, Japan and the Queen Rania Foundation.
EdX offers more than 150 courses in many areas of study, including the arts and humanities, public health, law, math, and computer science. More than 400 faculty and staff teach on the edX platform and over 100,000 certificates have been earned by edX students.
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise offering online courses from the 32 global institutions of higher education that comprise the xConsortium, along with a diverse group of leading organizations around the world that also contributes courses to edx.org. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX is focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research on an open source platform. Based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on people, not profit.
Associate Director of Communications, edX
If you are a keen observer of MIT OpenCourseWare, you may have noticed a new feature beginning to appear on some of our course publications, the “This Course at MIT” page. The “This Course at MIT” pages are a return to MIT OpenCourseWare’s original vision. While a large number of our visitors are independent learners—and we’ve embraced this audience through OCW Scholar courses and other efforts—the original concept for OCW was to provide a repository of MIT’s core materials for classroom instruction, so that educators around the world could download, modify and use our materials as they structure their own in-person class experiences.
This page, structured like a fact sheet, provides additional information on curricular aspects of the courses we publish as they are offered on the MIT campus. Information includes course outcomes, photos and descriptions of the physical classroom setting at MIT, and key student activities broken down by time spent on each during the course. Some “This Course at MIT” pages feature extensive commentary from the instructor(s) on pedagogical approaches employed. You can view a complete list of courses with “This Course at MIT” pages here, and provide us feedback on how helpful you find them to be by completing this short survey. OCW has always done well in sharing what materials faculty use in their teaching, but we’ve felt for some time we could do a better job of sharing how those materials are used. “This Course at MIT” pages are one answer to this challenge.
The “This Course at MIT” pages are also one aspect of a wider effort we are undertaking to return OCW to its roots in supporting educators more explicitly, an effort we call OCW Educator.
The two goals of OCW Educator are:
- To articulate and share the educational ideas, practices, and expertise of those who teach at MIT, and
- To help users understand the context and manner in which the materials were originally used on campus.
In addition to the “This Course at MIT” pages, OCW Educator will include courses with a deep focus on pedagogy and faculty commentary throughout the publication, such as the recently-released 18.821 Project Laboratory in Mathematics, and other efforts to provide an in-depth look at how teaching actually takes place on the MIT campus.
Ultimately, we plan to have a page on the site that links together all aspects of the OCW Educator effort, but for now, we wanted to roll out these early components to gather feedback from our user community. Please feel free to tell us what you think by completing the above survey, e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or commenting on this post.
We’ve done it again. As we did with Dynamics a while back, we now offer MIT probabilistic systems curriculum in three delicious flavors. A standard OCW publication, an OCW Scholar version intended for independent and self-paced learning, and an MITx MOOC supporting the complete online learning experience.
Visually, you can see the difference. First the standard OCW course:
Note how the sections of the site are organized by content type. The standard OCW publication is a general resource for educators and students, providing materials that can be easily downloaded and shared offline for a variety of purposes, including independent learning.
Now the OCW Scholar version:
Here, we’ve taken the extra effort to organize the content into logical units (and to ensure it’s complete), but now it more explicitly supports independent learning at the expense of resource sharing, since it’s a more integrated and online offering. Still OCW, though, with no interaction with faculty or other students, and no recognition for learning, but persistently available so you can move at your own pace. The OCW Scholar course combines content previously published on the standard OCW site above with 51 new videos recorded in 2013 by MIT Teaching Assistants.
Now the MITx MOOC:
Organized for study, linked to discussion forums, some access to faculty, a lovely certificate at the end. To earn the certificate, though, you commit to moving at the pace of the course when it’s offered.
There you have it. However you like your learning, we gotcha covered.
Working Across Disciplines to Improve Education
February 27, 2014 – 6:07am
In the last two years since MOOCs have been in the spotlight, both commentators and practitioners have made the case that a key to realizing the potential of technology in education is the collaboration of experts in teaching and learning, educational researchers, computer scientists, and disciplinary specialists.
We have such a partnership at MIT as the Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has teamed up with computer scientists from Anyscale Learning for All (ALFA), led by Dr. Una-May O’Reilly, and a physics faculty member, Professor John Belcher, who heads a team teaching electricity and magnetism (E&M), a required course for all MIT undergraduates. (Full disclosure: He is also my husband.)
We realize these kinds of collaborations are not new; they were pioneered by institutions like the Open University in the U.K. and Athabasca University in Canada, as well as organizations like the Open Learning Initiative. But we’ve added one more member to our team, Shreeharsh Kelkar, a doctoral student in anthropology, who observes our interactions.
Our goal is to unearth best practices in how communicating across disciplines can improve on-the-ground delivery of education. There is no doubt that in the months we’ve been collaborating, we’ve had challenges in communicating across our fields, but new ways to study and strengthen digital teaching and learning have also emerged. Here are several examples of what we have seen in our own work together. Read more.
The nonprofit online-learning organization edX will work with Facebook and two other companies to provide free, localized education to students in Rwanda on “affordable” smart phones, Facebook and edX said on Monday.
edX, a provider of massive open online courses that was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will help create a mobile teaching app that is integrated with Facebook and “optimized for a low-bandwidth environment.” As part of the program, called SocialEDU, edX will also work with the Rwandan government to adapt materials for a pilot course. Read more.
Working with Facebook to Create SocialEDU
The future of learning is social and edX is helping to build it in Africa.
EdX is part of an exciting new pilot with Facebook that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. SocialEDU was announced by Facebook at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.
Facebook and edX want to use the power of social tools to improve education where increased access to portable learning can provide students new opportunities to reach their goals. We are proud to be part of the team — including Facebook, Airtel, Nokia, and the Government of Rwanda — that will deliver free, high-quality, localized educational content on handheld devices. EdX will also work with Facebook to build a mobile app that is integrated with Facebook features to deliver a pilot course on affordable smartphones. EdX will work with the Rwandan government to adapt course materials for local students.
EdX knows how powerful its courses can be to students in the developing world. Nearly half of our 2 million students come from developing countries and 10 percent of our students live in Africa. We’ve heard their stories about the impact edX courses have had on their lives and our vision is to impact many more.
We’re proud to be part of the team building the social future of education.