By Azer Bestavros
Google is teaming up with edX to create a new site that EdX’s president compared to a “YouTube for MOOCs.”
For Google, the partnerships could also be a way of ensuring that a company with its hands in so many sectors of the technology world is not left behind come the MOOC revolution. The company’s blog post on the EdX arrangement implies that Google is not eager to see one big for-profit player hog the field.
EdX announced a partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world. In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org, a new site for non-xConsortium universities, institutions, businesses, governments and teachers to build and host their courses for a global audience. This site will be powered by the jointly developed Open edX platform.
In its Fall issue, Harvard Magazine published an article that covers noteworthy developments (albeit Harvard-centric) in the world of MOOCs and online education.
Cathy N. Davidson, a Duke professor who studies learning in the digital age, answers questions about massive open online courses, including their creativity and sustainability.
The Cooperative for Educational Technologies (Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions) have joined forces to offer a new MOOC that will delve into the subject of badges for academic and professional credentials.
Open online courses offer the promise of education for everyone, but in K-12, their best application is helping high-achieving students get ahead.
It’s somewhat rare for a university president to take so public a role in discussions about technology and pedagogy. But through partnerships with other flagship universities and institutions in Texas, UT has been gathering data on the topic and building up resources for years. Like BU, it has also joined the educational and research delivery platform edX, along with developers Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other major research institutions. With this infrastructure and resources in place, UT Austin President is turning to his faculty for input.