Webinar on OCW recent highlights and future direction

Headshot photo of Curt Newton.Please join OCW Director Curt Newton on a free webinar, Monday March 4, 12:30-1:30 ET, for a tour through some recent highlights on MIT OpenCourseWare, and thoughts on its bright future.

Register here.

This webinar is presented by the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). A program of MIT Open Learning, J-WEL at MIT seeks to promote excellence and transformation in education globally. As an incubator for change in education at MIT and around the world, J-WEL provides a platform that engages educators, technologists, policymakers, and societal leaders in addressing global opportunities for education through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, and information sharing events.

The webinar is a contribution to Open Education Week, a global event to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, Open Education Week showcases projects, resources, and ideas from around the world that demonstrate open education in practice.




#AllAboutOpen: Our OCW Educator Twitter Chat

As part of Open Education Week, Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) and the Open Education Consortium (OEC) hosted a 24-hour Twitter event, #AllAboutOpen. We participated in the lively discussion last night for half an hour, talking about the OCW Educator initiative. If you missed the chat (or prefer the blog to Twitter), here’s a recap:

Science Out Loud: A Video Series by MIT Students

Prashanth Venkataram and Maria Cassidy are MIT seniors, and they want to tell you about invisibility cloaks.

Harry's invisible

Remember this scene? Here‘s their explanation of it!

MIT K12 invisibility cloak

The Physics of Invisibility Cloaks is just one episode in Season 1 of Science Out Loud, a new webseries from MIT+K12 Videos. All of these videos are written and hosted by MIT students and feature science and scientists beyond the traditional textbook or classroom setting.

Each episode has a great webpage featuring not only the video, but information about the students who created it, along with other educational resources from MIT and beyond. At the bottom of the page is a section for teachers that points to related Next Generation Science Standards.

New videos go up on YouTube and TechTV every Monday.

MIT OCW at USA Science & Engineering Festival

The logo of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

MIT OCW will be at the USA Science & Engineering Festival to share our site Highlights for High School, which got a facelift earlier this year.

We’ll have magnets, bookmarks, and other Highlights swag to give away. We’ll also be doing a few giveaways at the event, so be sure to stop by our booth and say hello! We can’t wait to see you there.

The free expo is in Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 26th & 27th. If you can’t make it to the event, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be Tweeting with the hashtag #MITatUSASEF.

edX and Facebook Team Up to Offer Free Education in Rwanda (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

QuickWire: edX and Facebook Team Up to Offer Free Education in Rwanda

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.

edX Working with Facebook to Create SocialEDU (edX blog)

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.

Read original post on the edX blog.