By Geoffrey A. Fowler
EdX, the online education nonprofit backed by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is teaming up with on a new website that will offer tools for a wide swath of educators and the public to create their own digital courses.
The site, Mooc.org, broadens the reach of both edX and Google in the increasingly competitive business of providing online coursework. The name MOOC is shorthand for Massive Open Online Courses.
Previously, edX limited its course offerings to content from partner institutions, including MIT, Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford. On the new site, edX is welcoming courses from other universities, the public and even businesses.
“We want to be the YouTube for Moocs,” Anant Agarwal, president of edX, said in an interview. “Anyone can create a course – we are all learners and teachers.”
Classes available on edX.org are already used by 1.2 million students. Agarwal said edX offerings are “curated” and offer the quality control guarantees of the consortium’s brand-name universities. The Mooc.org classes, though, will be much more diverse, including offerings from companies and nonprofits.
“It will enable instructors and organizations to really experiment much more rapidly with new kinds of courses,” Agarwal said.
[ Full article available at The Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/09/10/edx-and-google-will-create-new-online-education-site/ ]