University of Chicago joins edX (edX blog)

University of Chicago joins edX

We are proud to announce that The University of Chicago has joined edX as our 34th Charter Member.

chicago-institution-960x195 One of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since its founding in 1890. Today, UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to its Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

UChicago scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that addresses important challenges across the academic spectrum. Their work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing—and creating—fields of study. Generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations, UChicago research has had an impact around the globe, leading to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.

Future courses offered by UChicagoX will come from UChicago faculty widely lauded as some of the world’s greatest thinkers, at the undergraduate College and the four divisions and six professional schools within its Graduate program.

EdX and UChicago share common goals: increasing access to quality education, improving outcomes online and on campus, and improving pedagogy through research. UChicago has a long history of experimentation to improve educational outcomes through innovation. EdX is happy to have a new partner to help make new discoveries about what helps students learn and faculty teach. Read original post.

Columbia University joins edX (edX blog)

Columbia University joins edX

By Dan O’Connell

We are proud to announce that Columbia University has joined edX as our 33rd Charter Member.

Among the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York continuously seeks to advance the frontiers of scholarship and foster a campus community deeply engaged in the complex issues of our time through teaching, research, and public service. More than 40,000 students, award-winning faculty, and professional staff define the university’s underlying values and commitment to pursuing new knowledge and educating informed, engaged citizens.

ColumbiaX will offer its first three courses on edX from Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History and one of the world’s most prominent historians. His most recent book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” won the Pulitzer Prize for History. Professor Foner is a winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates (1991) and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University (2006). His courses on edX will launch in late 2014 and early 2015, and will cover the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Future courses offered by ColumbiaX will come from faculty throughout the university’s 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, as well as from four affiliated colleges and seminaries in Manhattan and a wide array of research institutes and global centers around the world.

We welcome another partner eager to use new technologies to improve educational outcomes both on campus and online. The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL), celebrating its 15th anniversary this week, will provide extensive support in the production, pedagogy, and assessment of Columbia’s efforts. The CCNMTL’s prominence as a center for the purposeful use of educational technologies will aid edX’s efforts to uncover what helps faculty teach and students learn.

Welcome, Columbia University!

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EdX Announces New Membership Structure; Expands edx.org (edX press release)

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

Colgate University
Hamilton College
OpenCourseWare Consortium
Osaka University
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Other institutions

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.

About edX

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.

Contact:
Dan O’Connell
Associate Director of Communications, edX
oconnell@edx.org

University of Tokyo joins edX

utokyo_banner960x165An e-mail to the edX community announced the addition of the University of Tokyo to the xConsortium.. University of Tokyo has been a longstanding member of the OCW Consortium community and Japan OCW Consortium.  From the e-mail:

UTokyoX will be announced at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, February 18th in Tokyo. At that time they will also announce their first two courses, Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1 and Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 2.

Our congratulations to the team at University of Tokyo.

DartmouthX: Four Questions (Dartmouth Now)

DartmouthX: Four Questions

Posted on January 23, 2014 By

Josh Kim, Dartmouth’s director of digital learning programs, and Alan Cattier ’86, director of Academic Computing, spell out why DartmouthX—the College’s newly announced association with online learning platform edX—is a winning venture for Dartmouth students and faculty, and for learners everywhere.

Alan Cattier and Josh Kim

Alan Cattier ’86, left, director of Academic Computing, and Josh Kim, director of digital learning programs, are responsible for leading Dartmouth’s efforts to innovate with learning technologies. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Alan Cattier ’86, left, director of Academic Computing, and Josh Kim, director of digital learning programs, are responsible for leading Dartmouth’s efforts to innovate with learning technologies. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Even a quick glance at edX offerings makes it clear these aren’t correspondence courses by email, or a collection of taped lectures. But they also aren’t like face-to-face Dartmouth classes. What’s different, and why does that matter?

JK: I think of edX courses in particular, and open online learning in general, as the next evolution of teaching materials. These courses are building interactive and social textbooks for a digital world. But even the very best edX course will offer a qualitatively different learning experience from how Dartmouth approaches teaching and learning. A Dartmouth course, whether it be fully face-to-face or a combination of online and residential learning, is all about the learning relationship that our faculty and students create. Our faculty know our students well, and they work to create as individual and personalized learning experiences as possible.

AC: EdX, and experiments like it, potentially create learning communities where learning can occur in multiple dimensions. Students may teach each other, they may work in teams, they may teach across cultures or nationalities or affiliations. In a best case, they bring their world to the course as opposed to just having their course delivered to them. And because the environment is digital, it can respond to the learner as they navigate the material, giving them feedback as to how they are doing as they move through the content. In edX, as a learner, you see yourself needing to reengage material, and you see it as you are learning, not just when you take a final, summative exam. Read more.