edX in 2015: Our Year in Review

What an amazing year 2015 has been for edX and for our learners!

We celebrated our 3rd birthday, launched groundbreaking educational programs and partnerships where edX learners can earn university credit, reached 5 million learners, welcomed new partners and continued in our mission to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

Read on for some of our 2015 highlights and join us as we celebrate this past year!


Along with expanding our courses and partners, we announced an exciting partnership with Arizona State University. In April, we launched the Global Freshman Academy, a first of its kind collaboration that offers full university freshman level courses on edX for credit.


Since April, we have seen success with the Global Freshman Academy as it opens up another, innovative pathway into higher ed, and in October we celebrated our first edX learner to earn university credit! Miguel, at 40 years old, said “ I find myself, 21 years later, drawn to an immense opportunity: a second chance at continuing my education.”  Miguel successfully completed and received university credit for Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, one of the many courses offered through the Global Freshman Academy.

In September, we celebrated the milestone of reaching 5 million edX learners. To see how far we had come in only three years was a truly inspiring moment for our nonprofit. We reached out to our 5 millionth learner, Sara Magdy, to celebrate her joining our global community and hear her story.

In October, we announced MIT’s MicroMaster’s program, which allows learners worldwide to take a semester’s worth of courses on edX in MIT’s top-ranked, one-year Supply Chain Management (SCM) master’s program completely online, then complete an MIT master’s degree by spending a single semester on campus. This was an exciting step toward opening up even more credit pathways to MOOC learners.


Also, in 2015, we welcomed new, global partners to edX. We now offer courses from more than 88 institutions, including exciting new partners such as Smith College, Galileo University, University of Michigan, Princeton University, Microsoft and many more. We look forward to working with our partners and achieving continued success in 2016!


And where would we be without our learners?

Our biggest thank you goes to all of our learners for making 2015 such an inspiring year. Your support and passion helps drive all we do at edX, and we are so grateful. We applaud your accomplishments in 2015 and can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you, as we hope you will continue learning with edX.

We love hearing from you so please continue to post, share and celebrate your edX achievements!

So with our hats off to 2015 and a look toward an even more exciting 2016, we wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous and smart new year!