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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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What do we consider “credentials” in 2015? What will we consider “credentials” in 5, 10, or 15 years? Next week at SXSWedu, edX’s Vice President of Product Beth Porter will discuss this important and relevant topic, and how social professional networks (such as LinkedIn), could be a major part of normalizing these new credential types on the panel entitled “Socializing Credential Innovation.” Beth will be...

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As part of our ongoing efforts at edX to increase access to quality education and to reach more global learners, we are offering translated course videos (transcripts) for select courses in Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. Check out three of these translated courses launching next week!

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This post originally ran on Inside Higher Ed blog on February 1. This week at Dartmouth we are launching our first open online edX (DartmouthX) course, Introduction to Environmental Science. Everyone I know in higher education seems to have a set of strong opinions about open online education at scale. What have we actually learned from participating in this movement? What are the biggest myths...

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This post originally ran on Inside Higher Ed blog on November 23. Were you in Boston last week for the 4th edX Global Forum? What were your big takeaways from the meeting? First, I’d like to say thank you to our Boston University hosts. They did an incredible job of making us all feel welcome and well looked after. I also want to say thank...

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It’s been an exciting three days at the edX Global Forum. We’ve enjoyed engaging with our partners, welcoming our newest members and hearing from our speakers as we collaborate to shape the future of education. Their global perspectives and expertise help us deliver education to our learners around the world. Hearing directly from our edX students was one of this week’s highlights! A panel of students from...

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This post originally ran on Inside Higher Ed on October 23, 2014. An international group of higher education institutions—including UT Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson College—convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens gathered last week to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education (full list of participating institutions below). The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture...

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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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We love sharing stories about our learners and how their edX experiences connect them to new knowledge and a global learning community of students and teachers. Education not only broadens students’ minds, it enriches networks and shared experiences. It can also forge connections across continents, impacting thousands of learners in the process. Today we share a story of how a teacher-student relationship and a shared...

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Back to school is in the air, as many teachers and students prepare for a new school year. Today, we hear from Mary Liu who teaches biology, anatomy and physiology at a high school in a Boston suburb. Mary is both an edX student and course creator and shares her insights into how online education is impacting and enhancing high school learning. How high schools...

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