From the moment edX was created, increasing access to quality education has been at the core of our mission, along with research to improve learning and transforming the on-campus experience. We are thrilled to be part of the newly announced “MOOC Camps” developed by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Students from around the world will be able to enroll in edX courses and then take part in facilitated discussions at U.S. Embassies, Consulates, American Spaces and other public spaces in more than 40 countries around the world. The State Department will organize these discussions led by alumni from U.S. government exchange programs (such as Fulbright scholars) and U.S. Embassy staff familiar with the course materials. We’ll be making many edX courses available for these MOOC Camps, and are excited to be starting with BerkeleyX’s College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English.
Working with the U.S. State Department is a great opportunity, and we’re pleased to add this project to edX’s other global efforts to increase access to education. In the last few weeks France’s Ministry of Higher Education announced that they’re using our open source platform, Open edX, to power their new nationwide MOOC and blended learning portal, France Universite Numerique. Also, a group of Chinese universities announced that they will use Open edX to create a new MOOC portal for China called XuetangX.
We’re proud to work with the State Department to improve access to quality higher education through “MOOC Camps,” which (like our courses) are free and open to the public. With an Internet connection and a desire to learn, even more learners around the globe will be able to access our courses through this exciting project. Come join us.
By Patrick Cavallario