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In the fall of 2012, edX embarked on an experiment with San Jose State University (SJSU) and Professor Khosrow Ghadiri to test the impact the edX platform could have on traditional on-campus learning.

Using MITx 6.002x Circuits and Electronics to supplement and enhance his EE98 Circuits Analysis course at SJSU, Professor Ghadiri saw pass rates in his class improve from 55% to 91%. Impressive and inspiring, these results drove our desire to expand the edX collaboration with SJSU and the California State University (CSU) system. Our expansion of the blended course offering to a second section will help to refine our approach, engage with students, and improve learning outcomes.

I am also particularly excited that SJSU and edX will be offering the new blended course to 11 other CSU campuses, as well as establishing a Center for Excellence In Adaptive and Blended Learning to train interested faculty and develop best practices. Once trained in the San Jose Center, faculty from other CSU Campuses will be able to offer MITx 6.002x, helping thousands of eager learners master key concepts.

The success of our first collaboration has also set the stage to expand beyond engineering to the sciences, humanities, business, and social sciences. We will work tirelessly to ensure that the success of our first blended learning experiment is replicated, as SJSU begins to pilot additional courses from edX universities, including Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley. I look forward growing this partnership and watching the impact it makes on learners throughout the CSU system.

To learn more read the Press Release.

By Ping Hsu