So this summer, you can get to stanford coursework via the brand new platform. The university has confirmed it today.
The newly released platform OpenEdX already offers exciting summer reading software programs. Once you register, you can access a wide range of subjects, including health topics and electrical engineering.
In April, Stanford and a nonprofit online learning enterprise edX funded by MIT and Harvard officially announced they were going to team up to develop the edX online platform. Then, edX released the platform and made it open-source for all developers. Stanford is planning to utilize the OpenEdX platform as one of its educational tools. The platform will provide online classes for the public and online course content for Stanford students. The new platform OpenEdX will replace the previously used software program Class2Go.
More than one hundred people affiliated with the university’s online educational activities have recently gathered just to mark Stanford’s advances for the last year. The vice provost and professor of computer science, John Mitchell highly praised the advent of the new platform. He said it was a powerful leap in the educational landscape.
In addition to developing stanford coursework online and researching the opportunities and results of online education, the university is also creating open-source software platforms to simplify online learning and make it more accessible.
Stanford developers made a great contribution to functionality, including bulk email, real-time chat, new scripts as well as operational tools.
The open-source release suggests that the platform will be available for other universities as well as educational providers. Universities can host courses internally or externally by means of a third-party hosting service provider. When employing an open-source platform, universities can control licenses for their content and release content in many configurations for different audiences and this can be carried out without a direct permission from the platform owner.
With this platform, any university can efficiently develop its own online coursework with just minimal barriers to entry. This undoubtedly gives revolutionary new educational opportunities for students, no matter where they live.
Stanford keeps on offering its faculty a wide range of software platforms to host online coursework. Among the most popular software tools we should mention NovoEd (previously dubbed Venture Lab) and Coursera. They’ve already teamed up with the newly introduced OpenEdX. The university will continue providing courses on all three software platforms and via the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Apart from that, one can access courses on iTunesU, YouTube and anywhere else on the web.
In the nearer future he university is going to host several courses as well as programs on the newly released OpenEdX platform. Let’s mention the most awaited ones.