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IMF to Offer Classes Through Harvard-MIT EdX Online Venture

Bloomberg 19 Jun 2013 By Mary Camille Izlar
EdX, the online learning venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has teamed up with the International Monetary Fund to offer classes in economics and fiscal policy. The IMF will offer its classes through EdX, which provides free online courses from 27 universities worldwide, EdX founder Anant Agarwal said today in a statement. The Washington-based IMF already offers 270 courses on financial policy to central bank, finance ministry and other government workers.  Read more about Bloomberg | IMF to Offer Classes Through Harvard-MIT EdX Online Venture

IMF and edX Join Forces to Pilot Online Economics and Financial Courses

edX 19 Jun 2013 By edX
WASHINGTON, D.C. and CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 19, 2013 – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and edX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, announced a collaboration today to strengthen economic expertise worldwide. The collaboration will extend the reach of the IMF's training courses in macroeconomics and finance to governments and the public through the edX platform. EdX's open learning platform is used by universities worldwide to develop innovative online, on-campus, and blended teaching and learning models, and was chosen for this first-of-its-kind initiative because of its cutting-edge online learning environment, educational expertise, and global reach. The collaboration marks the first time edX has been used as the educational platform of an international governmental organization. Read more about edX | IMF and edX Join Forces to Pilot Online Economics and Financial Courses

TEDGlobal: Cloud schools offer new education

BBC News 14 Jun 2013 By Jane Wakefield
Children in developing countries could educate themselves using computers, the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh has been told. Read more about BBC News | TEDGlobal: Cloud schools offer new education

Studying Learning in the Worldwide Classroom: Research into edX’s First MOOC

RPA Journal 14 Jun 2013 By Lori Breslow, David E. Pritchard, Jennifer DeBoer, Glenda S. Stump, Andrew D. Ho and Daniel T. Seaton
“Circuits and Electronics” (6.002x), which began in March 2012, was the first MOOC developed by edX, the consortium led by MIT and Harvard. Over 155,000 students initially registered for 6.002x, which was composed of video lectures, interactive problems, online laboratories, and a discussion forum. As the course ended in June 2012, researchers began to analyze the rich sources of data it generated. Read more about RPA Journal | Studying Learning in the Worldwide Classroom: Research into edX’s First MOOC

Interview with the edX/HarvardX Greek Hero MOOC Team

degree of freedom 14 Jun 2013 By degree of freedom
This week, we’re joined by the team behind The Ancient Greek Hero, one of Harvard’s longest-running classes which has become one of the most talked about MOOCs on the Internet. Read more about degree of freedom | Interview with the edX/HarvardX Greek Hero MOOC Team

MITx, edX team up with City of Chicago to bring high school students MOOC-style learning

MIT News 13 Jun 2013 By Stephen Carson
The MIT Office of Digital Learning has announced a collaboration between MITx, edX and the City of Chicago that will bring a six week MOOC-style course to that city's high school students during the Chicago Summer of Learning. Read more about MIT News | MITx, edX team up with City of Chicago to bring high school students MOOC-style learning

Professors take lessons from online teaching

The Boston Globe 9 Jun 2013 By Marcella Bombardieri
Researchers mine a trove of data from courses offered free on Web. CAMBRIDGE — David E. Pritchard has dedicated his life to physics, conducting pioneering work in atom optics and mentoring Nobel Prize winners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  But now Pritchard, whose aviator glasses and flyaway gray hair give him the look of the quintessential MIT professor, has dropped his physics research “cold turkey,” as he puts it.  Read more about The Boston Globe | Professors take lessons from online teaching

One year, 27 schools, 1 million enrollments

The Tech 7 Jun 2013 By Kath Xu
EdX sees new schools, classes, & design. It’s been a little more than a year since edX, the nonprofit online learning enterprise founded by MIT and Harvard, first launched with much fanfare and a lot of press. Now, the enterprise encompasses 27 schools from 11 countries.  Read more about The Tech | One year, 27 schools, 1 million enrollments

MOOC Students Who Got Offline Help Scored Higher, Study Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education 7 Jun 2013 By Steve Kolowich
One of the first things researchers have learned about student success in massive open online courses is that in-person, one-on-one teaching still matters. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOC Students Who Got Offline Help Scored Higher, Study Finds

EdX Open Sources Its Super-Influential Online Learning Platform

Gigaom 6 Jun 2013 By Sam Dean
EdX, a non-profit online learning organization with nearly 30 global institutions under the xConsortium participating, has been a leader in the free online education arena for several years. As of June 1, the organization has released the code for its learning platform under an open source license Read more about Gigaom | EdX Open Sources Its Super-Influential Online Learning Platform

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