Wellesley College joins edX

Wellesley Collegea private, non-profit, women only, liberal arts school in Massachusetts has joined massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to join edX, and the first women’s college to offer a MOOC.

Beginning in fall 2013, Wellesley will offer four liberal arts classes through edX. Administration officials have stated that, as the courses are adapted into MOOC format, university staff will attempt to recreate the small campus feel on edX””a platform known for courses with hundreds-of-thousands of enrolled students.

While edX is primarily known for its partnerships with elite universities like MIT and Harvard, the not-for-profit organization recently partnered with two Boston-area community colleges in an attempt to bring MOOCs into the classroom environment.

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