|[December 19, 2012]
EdX Expands Platform, Announces First Wave of Courses for Spring 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard
University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT (News - Alert)),
announced today its initial spring 2013 schedule, including its first
set of courses in the humanities and social sciences - introductory
courses with wide, global appeal. In its second semester, edX expands
its online courses to a variety of subjects ranging from the ancient
Greek hero to the riddle of world poverty, all taught by experts at some
of the world's leading universities. EdX is also bringing back several
courses from its popular offerings in the fall semester.
"EdX is both revolutionizing and democratizing education," said Anant
Agarwal, President of edX. "In just eight months we've attracted more
than half a million unique users from around the world to our learning
portal. Now, with these spring courses we are entering a new era - and
are poised to touch millions of lives with the best courses from the
best faculty at the best institutions in the world."
Building on the success of its initial offerings, edX is broadening the
courses on its innovative educational platform. In its second semester - now
open for registration - edX continues with courses from some of the
world's most esteemed faculty from UC Berkeley, Harvard and MIT. Spring
2013 courses include:
"I'm delighted to have my Justice course on edX," said
Michael Sandel, Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at
Harvard University, "where students everywhere will be able to engage in
a global dialogue about the big moral and civic questions of our time."
In addition to these new courses, edX is bringing back several courses
from the popular fall 2012 semester: Introduction to Computer Science
and Programming; Introduction
to Solid State Chemistry; Introduction
to Artificial Intelligence; Software
as a Service I; Software
as a Service II; Foundations
of Computer Graphics.
This spring also features Harvard's Copyright, taught by Harvard
Law School professor William Fisher III, former law clerk to Justice
Thurgood Marshall and expert on the hotly debated U.S. copyright system,
which will explore the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates
concerning how that law should be reformed. Copyright will be
offered as an experimental course, taking advantage of different
combinations and uses of teaching materials, educational technologies,
and the edX platform. 500 learners will be selected through an open
application process that begins in late January 2013.
from William Fisher III, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual
Property Law, Harvard Law School, and Director, Berkman Center for
Internet & Society, will explore the current law of copyright and the
ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed.
These new courses would not be possible without the contributions of key
edX institutions, including UC Berkeley, which is the inaugural chair of
the "X University" consortium and major contributor to the platform. All
of the courses will be hosted on edX's innovative platform at www.edx.org
and are open for registration as of today. EdX expects to announce a
second set of spring 2013 courses in the future.
is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard
University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on
transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking
methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research. EdX
provides inspirational and transformative knowledge to students of all
ages, social status, and income who form worldwide communities of
learners. EdX uses its open source technology to transcend physical and
social borders. We're focused on people, not profit. EdX is based in
Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA.
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