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Parallel Sessions: MOOC meets Flipped Classroom

This post was originally written for the Class-Central MOOC Report blog on September 17, 2014.  When I set out to create a MOOC in 2012, I was keen on making the online version of the course an honest replica of the campus version. Indeed, my Machine Learning MOOC “Learning From Data” (new session starts on edX next week) runs as a “Caltech Parallel Session.” Online students...

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04 Oct 2014
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edX Launches our 300th Course

  EdX is proud to announce the launch of our 300th course! Which course was lucky number 300? IITBombayX‘s Signals and Systems, Part 1, which starts January 15, 2015. This course will equip students who have a basic understanding of calculus with a new framework of signals and systems. The concepts taught in this course are also useful to students studying mechanical, chemical, aerospace and...

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01 Oct 2014
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Tokyo Institute of Technology Joins edX

We are pleased to welcome Tokyo Institute of Technology as a new edX Member. As the top national university for science and technology in Japan with a history spanning more than 130 years, Tokyo Tech will deliver rigorous science and engineering courses to the global edX learner community. As TokyoTechX, the Tokyo Institute of Technology will offer MOOCs, which incorporate latest research findings, to deepen...

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30 Sep 2014
in MOOC Research

Comparing Effectiveness of Learning in MOOCs and Classrooms

The MIT RELATE (Research in Learning, Assessing and Tutoring Effectively) group has released a study comparing learning gains in the MITx Mechanics Review physics course with students in residential classrooms. According to the study, MOOC students learned a bit more than students in a traditional university course, but less than students taught with an interactive engagement pedagogy (as would typically be exemplified by a blended...

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30 Sep 2014
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Terrorism and Counterterrorism: what is the danger and how can we respond effectively?

Today, we have a guest blog post from Professor Daniel Byman of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service about his upcoming GeorgetownX Terrorism and Counterterrorism MOOC, starting on October 1. As we have unfortunately witnessed first-hand, terrorism has gone from a persistent yet marginal security concern to one of the most important security problems of our day: indeed, there are few countries...

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25 Sep 2014
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“The Art of Poetry” Outside the Classroom

Former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky shares his thoughts on creating and teaching his first MOOC, The Art of Poetry, starting September 30, and how poetry connects students of all backgrounds from around the world. Here’s a confession: there are ways I find the MOOC format more congenial, more my style, than the actual classroom. The large scale of the Web, counterbalanced by the...

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23 Sep 2014
in Open edX

Open edX: Why we’re relicensing XBlock API under Apache

When we open sourced the edX code in 2013, our goal was to enable developers around the world to experiment with and extend the Open edX platform. EdX is a nonprofit with three main goals: to expand access to quality education to anyone, anywhere in the world; to enhance teaching and learning on campus and online; and to encourage research into how people learn. Open...

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16 Sep 2014
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Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety

Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety was originally published on An Ounce of Evidence | Health Policy. Professor Ashish Jha’s HarvardX course begins on edx.org on September 16.  Last year, about 43 million people around the globe were injured from the hospital care that was intended to help them; as a result, many died and millions suffered long-term disability. These seem like dramatic...

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11 Sep 2014
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Welcome to The University of British Columbia, an edX Charter Member

We are pleased to welcome our 37th Charter Member, The University of British Columbia (UBC), a global center for research and teaching. UBC is joining edX as UBCx and will be offering four MOOCs on edx.org this fall in topics ranging from water security, foundations of Chinese thought, to forests in developing counties and reconciliation through indigenous education. The UBC spirit, which embraces innovation and...

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09 Sep 2014
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We are Launching a High School Initiative

Today, we launch our new edX high school initiative–26 MOOCs in a wide variety of subjects specifically geared to high school students around the world. We know that nearly 150,000 edX learners are high school students, and developing high quality, engaging, and interactive courses to specifically meet the needs of this student population is a high priority for us at edX. These courses will open...

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09 Sep 2014