By Dian Schaffhauser
The University of Michigan is expanding its MOOC presence. The institution, which was a founding partner in Coursera, will now be offering its massive, open, online courses on edX too, the first to begin in April 2016. The university also has ties to a third MOOC platform, NovoEd, which runs both educator and corporate operations.
Under the edX agreement, U Michigan will launch “MichiganX,” and promises to deliver “at least” 20 courses on the platform over the next two years. Three of the early ones will cover finance, learning analytics and data science ethics. The institution is also anteing up on Coursera at the same time, asserting that it will grow from 20 MOOCs on that platform to “more than 50” by December.
A major appeal of the edX platform, however, noted the school, was its open source nature.
“This new partnership aligns closely with our mission and values. Our core commitment is about experimenting, learning and adapting in order to shape the future of higher education,” said James Hilton, vice provost for Digital Education & Initiatives (DEI), in a prepared statement. “EdX and Coursera provide very different models with different sweet spots for experimentation. We are thrilled that our faculty will be able to take advantage of both platforms to push the boundaries of discovery.”
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