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Back to school: edX extends its reach

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

EdX is one of the world’s most popular massive open online course (MOOC) providers and online learning platforms, offering courses from the world’s best universities. In early September, it extended its reach, offering 26 online courses to high school students around the globe to prepare them for tertiary education.

Some are calling edX’s new menu ‘advanced placement’ (AP) courses in a host of subjects such as maths, science, English and history. All have been authored by academics from prestigious institutions and all will be free. CEO Anant Argawal says the MOOC wants to “bridge the readiness gap between college eligibility and preparedness”. According to Argawal, about 60% of US high school graduates are not ready for college.

“These courses could also provide a path to lifelong continuous education, where students come into college after having taken their first-year subjects through MOOCs or other AP courses, study on campus for two years, then enter the workforce to gain real-world skills, taking MOOCs, community college courses or other online courses as needed throughout their career.” The first new course, an edX version of AP Biology, launched on 13 October 2014, while the others will continue to launch into 2015.

Jeneen Graham, an AP psychology teacher from St Margaret’s Episcopal School in California, has announced that students from 45 different countries have already signed up for her new edX course, Introduction to Psychology. “These are students who often don’t have access to this kind of material,” Graham says. “This is the first [initiative] of its kind to be speaking to a high-school level student.”

Category: e-Education, Summer 2014

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