|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Available in||Multilingual (14)|
|Created by||Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University|
|Users||24 million (Sep 2020)|
|Copyright of edX|
edX is an American massive open online course (MOOC) provider created by Harvard and MIT. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. edX is a nonprofit organization and runs on the free Open edX open-source software platform. On June 29th 2021, it was announced that edX had been purchased by the educational technology company 2U.
More than 150 schools, nonprofit organizations, and corporations offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website. As of 20 July 2020, there are 3,000 courses available for its 33 million registered students.
edX courses consist of weekly learning sequences. Each learning sequence is composed of short videos interspersed with interactive learning exercises, where students can immediately practice the concepts from the videos. The courses often include tutorial videos that are similar to small on-campus discussion groups, an online textbook, and an online discussion forum where students can post and review questions and comments to each other and teaching assistants. Where applicable, online laboratories are incorporated into the course. For example, in edX's first MOOC — a circuits and electronics course — students built virtual circuits in an online lab.
edX offers certificates of successful completion and some courses are credit-eligible. Whether or not a college or university offers credit for an online course is within the sole discretion of the school. edX offers a variety of ways to take courses, including verified courses where students have the option to audit the course (no cost) or to work toward an edX Verified Certificate (fees vary by course). edX also offers XSeries Certificates for completion of a bundled set of two to seven verified courses in a single subject (cost varies depending on the courses).
In some courses the examination is only available to paying students.
In addition to educational offerings, edX is used for research into learning and distance education by collecting learners' clicks and analyzing the data, as well as collecting demographics from each registrant. A team of researchers at Harvard and MIT, led by David Pritchard and Lori Breslow, released their initial findings in 2013. EdX member schools and organizations also conduct their own research using data collected from their courses. Research focuses on improving retention, course completion and learning outcomes in traditional campus courses and online.
edX has engaged in a number of partnerships with educational institutions in the United States, China, Mongolia, Japan, and more to use edX courses in "blended classrooms." In blended learning models, traditional classes include an online interactive component. San Jose State University (SJSU) partnered with edX to offer 6.00xL Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, as a blended course at SJSU and released an initial report on the project in February 2013. Initial results showed a decrease in failure rates from previous semesters. The percentage of students required to retake the course dropped from 41% under the traditional format to 9% for those taking the edX blended course. In Spring 2013, Bunker Hill Community College and Massachusetts Bay Community College implemented a SPOC, or small private online course. The colleges incorporated an MIT-developed Python programming course on edX into their campus-based courses, and reported positive results.
Open edX Platform
Open edX platform is the open-source platform software developed by edX and made freely available to other institutions of higher learning that want to make similar offerings. On June 1, 2013, edX open sourced its entire platform. The source code can be found on GitHub. The platform was originally developed by Piotr Mitros, as a research project at MIT, with maintenance transferred to edX in 2012.
edX is currently led by CEO Anant Agarwal and newly appointed Co-CEO and President Adam Medros. Adam joined edX in 2017, and was appointed as President and COO in his previous role. Before him, in March 2014, Wendy Cebula, former COO of Vistaprint, was appointed by edX as its President and Chief Operating Officer who worked with edX till 2017. Alan M. Garber, Provost of Harvard University, assisted by Michael D. Smith, a computer scientist who is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, handles Harvard contributions. 
|Interview with edX President Anant Agarwal [17:47] on the first anniversary of edX, Degree of Freedom|
edX was founded in May 2012 by scientists from MIT and Harvard. Gerry Sussman, Anant Agarwal, Chris Terman, and Piotr Mitros taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, drawing 155,000 students from 162 countries. In 2013 they partnered with Stanford and in June 2013 they reached 1 million students. edx.org released as open source, creating Open edX.
In September 2014 edX announced a high school initiative.
In January 2018, edX partnered with Microsoft and General Electric to provide subsidized online courses and guaranteed job interviews.
On January 9, 2018, Tech Mahindra partnered with edX to re-skill workforce on new tech areas.
On October 10, 2018 edX introduced 9 Master's degrees on the platform. The degree programs can be completed fully online and are offered by universities such as Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California San Diego.
On January 10, 2020 edX launched two MicroBachelors programs. The programs offer undergraduate level courses which can lead to university credit for degree seeking students.
In late 2013, several countries and private entities announced their adoption of the edX open source platform to launch new initiatives. Ten Chinese universities joined together to form an online education initiative in China, called XuetangX. 120 higher education institutions in France joined under the direction of the French Ministry of Education to offer online courses throughout France, the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) created Edraak as the first MOOC portal for the Arab world, the International Monetary Fund is using the edX platform to pilot online training courses in economics and finance, and Tenaris corporation is using the platform to expand its corporate training and education for its employees.
As of March 2021, edX has more than 150 partners, including universities, for-profit organizations and NGOs.
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