News & Announcements
EdX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, welcomes Microsoft Corp. to edX.org. Through this program, Microsoft will offer the edX global learning community courses to acquire the core development skills needed to be successful in the cloud-first, mobile-first world. Taught by Microsoft experts, these first courses focused on in-demand skills feature interactive coding, assessments, and exercises, and are now open for enrollment. Anders Hejlsberg, technical fellow at Microsoft, will co-teach Introduction to TypeScript; with Introduction to Bootstrap, students will learn a popular front-end web development framework; Programming with C# will help learners gain expertise in a widely used programming language for .NET; additional courses in fast-growing technologies such as cloud computing, data platforms, and Office 365 are also available on edx.org. Students can enroll in Microsoft courses for free or obtain a verified certificate for a fee. Enrollment opens today, with courses beginning at the end of March Read more about edX | EdX collaborates with Microsoft to Launch IT Development Courses
EdX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, will offer three, new, free MOOCs from the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex, founded in 1846. The courses, for students and educators of all ages, will interest fans of superheroes, teachers and American history buffs alike. These first three Smithsonian edX courses, developed with the National Museum of American History, include: Objects That Define America; Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture; and Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects. All three courses are currently open for enrollment on edx.org. Read more about edX | EdX Launches Three New Courses from the Smithsonian Institution
New York, NY and Cambridge, MA--January 15, 2015-- Today the non-profit Modern States Education Alliance announced a major new initiative – “Freshman Year for Free”--to help more students enter or return to the traditional college system and to make quality education more accessible. Modern States will collaborate with edX, the non-profit MOOC provider, to work with its university partners to create these courses over the coming months. Read more about edX | Modern States Announces Plans for Freshman Year for Free
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX today announced a scholarship challenge for advanced middle school students. Every eligible seventh grade student who successfully completes one of the five selected edX courses will secure a semi-finalist position in the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program. Read more about edX | EdX and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announce Middle School Scholarship Challenge
If you’ve got more time than money and have a startup idea that you think you have the skills to build, a new partnership between Amazon Web Services and online education portal edX will hook you up with $1,000 in credit for completing one of two courses on entrepreneurship. Read more about TechCrunch | Amazon Web Services Will Give You $1,000 In Credit For Completing These edX Courses
Fareed speaks with Stuart Butler, a Brookings scholar, who's written extensively on massive open online courses, or so-called MOOCs, and Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, a MOOC outfit founded by two bricks and mortar institutions. Read more about CNN | Are MOOCs the future of education?
President Obama Announces edX’s Free Teacher Professional Development and Courses to Prepare for AP* Exams
President Obama today announced that edX has joined with ConnectED, the President's initiative to empower teachers to use technology in the classroom. President Obama made the announcement at an event to recognize superintendents from across the country for their leadership in using technology in their school districts. Read more about edX | President Obama Announces edX’s Free Teacher Professional Development and Courses to Prepare for AP* Exams
At this point, you're probably familiar with MOOCs – those massive open online courses offered by the likes of Harvard, Stanford and MIT. MOOCs are often geared toward college kids or curious adults. But that’s changing. MOOCs are going to high school. Read more about NPR | MOOCs go to high school
Companies are expressing growing interest in using massive, open, online courses in their corporate training initiatives for rank-and-file workers, the Journal reports today. But winning over executives, who are accustomed to concierge services and in-person hobnobbing, might be a tougher feat for MOOC providers. Read more about WSJ.COM | Will Executives Get on the MOOC Train, Too?
The MOOC was The Next Big Thing—and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started. Read more about Wired | Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education