September 19, 2014

MOOCs: EdX Expands xConsortium From 12 to 27 Higher Education Institutions

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From EdX: 

The xConsortium is gaining 15 prestigious higher education institutions, bringing its total to 27, including Tsinghua University and Peking University in China, The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in Hong Kong, Kyoto University in Japan, and Seoul National University in South Korea, and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

EdX also welcomes nine universities from North America, Europe and Australia. In the United States, in addition to Cornell, the Consortium has added, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Davidson College, and University of Washington. From Europe, edX welcomes Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, Belgium’s Université catholique de Louvain, and Germany’s Technical University of Munich. The University of Queensland in Australia becomes the second Australian university to join the xConsortium.

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To date, edX has more than 900,000 individuals on its platform.

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In addition to these new institutions, edX recently launched more than 20 new courses ranging from HarvardX’s Science & Cooking to UTAustinX’s The Ideas of the 20th Century to DelftX’s Solar Energy to GeorgetownX’s Introduction to Bioethics to BerkeleyX’s Introduction to Statistics: Inference to MITx’s Mechanics ReView.

Read the Complete Announcement, Includes List of New Consortium Members

 Coverage

MOOC Provider edX More Than Doubles Its University Partners (via Chronicle of Higher Education)

“It’s not just about MOOCs,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX.

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Asked how the universities had been chosen over the many that have asked to join the group, Mr. Agarwal said that there was no set formula. “Quality is really important,” he said. “Diversity is also very important.”

See Also: Yale University Joins Coursera (May 15, 2013)

See Also:  Coursera Adds 29 New University Partners, Nearly Doubles Number of Schools Using Platform (February 21, 2013)

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