MOOC Provider edX Partners with Massachusetts Community Colleges
Massive open online course provider (MOOC) edX has partnered with Bunker Hill and MassBay community college to bring MOOCs to the classroom. The partnership is funded by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The partnership will start bearing fruit in spring 2013 when the community colleges will offer an adapted version of MIT's MOOC introduction to computer science and programming. The class will be a hybrid version that blends edx's game-like learning methodologies with in-class support.
Professors will also be able to use edX's analytic tools to design a more effective classroom. Both of the community colleges were invited to participate because they have a history of utilizing online and hybrid education.
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