Stanford Looking to Take Back Some MOOC Leadership

Stanford University was the starting place for the MOOC providers Coursera and Udacity and it brought a lot of attention to the school. But now, Stanford wants some of that MOOC attention focused on the university rather than on the startups that came out of the campus. In an article, "With Open Platform, Stanford Seeks to Reclaim MOOC Brand" in The Chronicle, we read  that Stanford wants some of the attention that goes to those massive open online course providers.

As part of that effort, they are starting to use Open edX, the open-source platform developed by edX, which is the the nonprofit provider of MOOCs started by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012 and now has 29 contributing institutions.

edX was built to to host online university-level courses for a worldwide audience at no charge and also to conduct research into learning. There are currently 1.2 million users of edX and the two institutions have each contributed $30 million of resources to the nonprofit project. 1

edX's open source initiative is called Open edX and it allows developers to create their own next-generation online learning platform.


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