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MongoDB courses to be offered via edX

The Tech 2 Oct 2012 By Jake H. Gunter
Software company 10gen, developer of the popular MongoDB database platform, announced last week that it will be offering two free online courses on MongoDB, using the edX platform. Academic classes from HarvardX, MITx, and BerkeleyX are offered on the main edX website. 10gen’s classes, although using the edX platform, will be offered on 10gen’s website and not on the main edX website.EdX officials have characterized the software as an open platform that can be used by other groups to offer courses of their own. A primary mission of the venture is “to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning — both on-campus and worldwide,” according to the edX website, and 10gen’s courses will be the first major use of edX software (which itself uses MongoDB databases, according to 10gen’s website) in an area other than academia. Read more about The Tech | MongoDB courses to be offered via edX

What Campuses Can Learn From Online Teaching

WSJ.COM 2 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
Higher education is at a crossroads not seen since the introduction of the printing press. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other campuses, the upheaval today is coming from the technological change posed by online education. But that's only the half of it. Just as edX, Coursera, Udacity and other online-learning platforms are beginning to offer the teaching of great universities at low or no cost, residential education's long-simmering financial problem is reaching a crisis point. Universities have been sharing some of their course content—such as reading material and videotaped lectures—free online for more than a decade. (MIT launched OpenCourseWare in 2001.) In the past year, however, they've developed technology that lets them actually teach in an interactive format designed specifically for online learning. Read more about WSJ.COM | What Campuses Can Learn From Online Teaching

MIT profs wait to teach you, for free

Daily News and Analysis 1 Oct 2012 By Kanchan Srivastava
Ashwith Rego, 24, an Electronics and Communications engineer from Mangalore, quit his job to prepare for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to pursue an MTech. He enrolled with EdX, a free online education portal launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University early this year. Thrilled that he could do a 6.002X (Circuits and Electronics) course by an MIT professor while sitting at home, Ashwith says, “The lectures consisted of short video snippets with exercise problems in between. Theory, experiments and the discussion forum all helped me understand and apply what I was taught.” Read more about Daily News and Analysis | MIT profs wait to teach you, for free

5 Ways That edX Could Change Education

The Chronicle 1 Oct 2012 By Marc Parry
Since MIT and Harvard started edX, their joint experiment with free online courses, the venture has attracted enormous attention for opening the ivory tower to the world. But in the process, the world will become part of an expensive and ambitious experiment testing some of the most interesting—and difficult—questions in digital education. Can community-college students benefit from a new form of hybrid learning, based on a mix of local instruction and edX content? Can colleges tap alumni as teaching volunteers? Can labs be reinvented in the style of online video games? Read more about The Chronicle | 5 Ways That edX Could Change Education