edX.org has added a new profile view in order to allow learners to tell others about themselves, as shown in the capture above.
The student is able to choose a “full profile” mode, add a picture, pick a country and a language and write a little text about himself. If he selects “limited profile” it will remain as it is now, and only his username will be displayed.
This one-to-two hour-long course has been designed to teach instructors how to best use edX’s Studio authoring tool.
The course includes 16 videos and is available on edX’s app for iOS and Android devices.
“This course is ideal for course authors and course teams interested in uncovering the nuts and bolts of building an edX course. We will cover everything you need to know to successfully create your first course on the edX platform,” say their creators, Raphael Valenti, Mark Rudnick and James Donald.
IMS Global, the leading education technology standard nonprofit organization, announced the IMS Digital Credentialing initiative to establish digital badges as common currency for K-20 schools and corporate education.
IMS Digital Credentialing will investigate and expand the reach of the Open Badge Standard, while exploring new models.
“I’m very pleased that IMS Global will be building from and contributing to the work we have supported on Open Badges,” said Dr. Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
EdX has partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to create Global Freshman Academy (GFA), a disruptive initiative that will offer full university freshman level courses for credit on edX.org. “This a unique way to start your undergraduate education,”said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO.
The Global Freshman Academy is designed to allow incoming and returning freshmen as well as educators and lifelong learners to take courses and finish university in less time, while earning ASU credit in a cost-effective way.
Students find the available credit-bearing courses and enroll at edX.org/gfa. They get university credit and pay for it only if they successfully pass the courses. No transcript submission or application process is required in order to earn credit. See how it works in the video above.
The 2015 edX Global Forum will be held on November 8-10 in Washington DC, with Georgetown University as the venue host.
The event, intended for edX’s partners and member organizations, will start with a reception for all partners on the evening of Sunday, November 8, and will follow with two full days of conference activities on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10. It will be the fifth partners’ meeting. Last year’s was hosted in Boston University’s campus.
This year’s Open edX event will take place simultaneously in the Boston area.No dates have been announced either.
Edx.org professional, fee-based education courses are being revamped with new additions coming from Microsoft and the University of British Columbia.
Windows PowerShell Fundamentals. This course about managing Windows-based servers offers the opportunity to earn a certificate demonstrating competency which can be added to a resume or job application. It begins on April 14th and costs $200.
This Professional Education Program was designed in 2014 to offer busy professionals a flexible, affordable and impactful way to build skills and advance their careers without having to leave their offices or homes. Since then, hundred of learners have completed them. In total, there are eight courses.