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Rachel Lapal

"Steel underpins the whole of our civilization, and yet few people notice it, or know how it works."
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Steel: The Metal That Holds Civilization Together

Learn about the material that helped build our cities, agriculture, and even clothes. Introduction to Steel, now self-paced, will give you an overview of this fascinating metal and all of its uses. Through hands-on experiments, demonstrations and examples you will learn how we use steel in our everyday lives. The previous run of this engineering course had great success with an astounding 29% completion rate! Hear...

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12 Jul 2016
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Programming Skills to Land a New Job

Interested in developing sought after skills to improve your employability? Want to advance or change your career? Check out the field of computer programming and build your computer programming skills. Computer programmers and software developers create apps and design websites. They develop new software programs and write languages that computers can follow. They help power and style websites, networks and systems, mobile devices and more....

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24 May 2016
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David Neary: edX AP Courses Provide Opportunity

Using edX to supplement a high school curriculum David Neary, age 18, from Attleboro, MA, first contacted us in April to share his progress. We’re sharing his edX story as part of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, to highlight how learning to code can compliment other areas of study. Join the #HourofCode movement by enrolling in an edX coding course! I first...

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08 Dec 2015
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Learning to Code at a Young Age. EdX Visits Cambridge Friends School.

Happy #CSEdWeek, #HourofCode! EdX and CSEdWeek invite learners of all ages, from around the world, to explore computer science and learn to code. CSEdWeek brings awareness to the growing field of CS, and asks learners, specifically K-12, to try their hand at an “Hour of Code.” This May, edX visited a local elementary and middle school in Cambridge, MA, using one of our CS courses, Programming in Scratch, in...

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07 Dec 2015
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edX Joins Teaching Accessibility Initiative

By Mark Sadecki, edX Accessibility SpecialistAt edX, we value every learner and are committed to being a leader in expanding access to all, including learners with disabilities.  That’s why we’re excited to participate in the Teaching Accessibility initiative along with some of our peers and colleagues in tech, academia, and advocacy — including Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  The group’s goal is to build global technology that can...

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23 Jul 2015
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Experimenting With Open Online Office Hours

By Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning This post originally ran on Inside Higher Ed blog on July 16. A primary reason that we are dipping our toes into open online learning at my institution is to create opportunities for experimentation. There is something that is liberating about free. What we earn from providing zero cost educational opportunities for lifelong learners...

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21 Jul 2015
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How online education could narrow the global skills gap

Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX Business leaders and educators are turning to new technologies to fill jobs and train workers. This post original ran in Fortune on July 20, 2015. It has been widely reported that U.S. employers have a hard time finding skilled talent to fill critical jobs. Rapid developments in digital technology, as well as innovations in science and engineering, have created a gap between...

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20 Jul 2015
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Final Comic Strips from SmithsonianX’s The Rise of Superheroes

From Superman ®, Batman ®, Wonder Woman ®, and more, superheroes have been household names for generations. The comic books that tell their stories have become unforgettable parts of American popular culture as both young and old have fallen in love with these crusaders. In the past decade, superhero movies have dominated the big screen. In 2014 alone, these adaptations grossed nearly 1.5 billion dollars...

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17 Jul 2015