edX Launches New Initiative to Help Universities across the Globe

When we launched the Remote Access Program last month, our goal was simple: we wanted to help our university partners best support their students during this tough time. We also made a commitment to look for additional ways to help learners and universities everywhere. Since then, it has become clear that there is no ‘going back to normal’ for many universities in the near future. For students and faculty learning and teaching remotely, there is an urgent need for support to complete the academic year remotely. We heard this message from thousands of universities and we wanted to do what we could to help. 

As of today, we are pleased to say that our founding partners, Harvard and MIT, and other partner institutions and organizations from around the world such as UC Berkeley, Universitat Politècnica de València and IBM have come together to dramatically expand our remote access program to support all universities and their students around the world by offering free access to a catalog of content. We’ve created this page for any university around the world looking to participate during this time of COVID-19. We hope to rapidly grow the catalog of free content for universities in the coming weeks. 

As the spread of COVID-19 has suspended in-person interactions, it has created challenges across almost all aspects of life. As a university professor (and former student), I’m hopeful that we can harness the power of online learning to face these challenges head-on, and to find solutions to navigate this time, together.