Presentation on edX: MOOCs, OERs, and Higher Education

When, local time: 
Thursday, 13 June 2013 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Internal meeting
Abel Caine (
edX is a massive open online course platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to offer online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge. The edX learning platform will be developed as open-source software and made available to other institutions of higher learning that want to make similar offerings. <br /><br />edX currently offers 24 courses from 12 partner universities. The Delfts University (Netherlands) is the first of edX partners to offer their 3 edX courses with open licenses. <br /><br />Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have the significant potential to offer very high-quality higher education courses to a previously untapped ‘massive’ number of students especially from developing countries. There are currently 3 existing providers: edX, Coursera, and Udacity (all based in the US). There have been recent announcements by UK and European MOOCs. <br /><br />UNESCO is pleased to note that the edX MOOC initiative is committed to open-licenses – the learning platform is based on open-source software, and edX is encouraging their partner universities to offer openly-licensed OER courses. <br /><br />Following on from a keynote presentation by Anant Agarwal, President of edX, at the World OER Congress, and discussions with Howard Lurie, edX Vice-President, at the Hewlett Grantees Meeting, UNESCO Communication and Information Sector (CI) organize a lecture presentation of edX to CI Staff. <br />