Based on the ITT Research Institute launched a pilot project bezkoshtovnnoyi internet platform mass public courses interaktivnih Open EDX

(http://edx.nau.edu.ua)

Experts SRI ITT entered the stage of experimental (research) operating platform EDx - online learning open source, which is intended to train the network. Features: self-learning, online discussion groups, wikis, collaborative learning, assessment that the student receives the study course and online laboratories. This platform can also serve as a laboratory in which the collected data to help understand how students learn. Because of the openness of the code platform is constantly improving.
The project goes beyond the standard model of distance education, based on watching video and offers interactivity for students. This technology is open source and universities have the opportunity to use new technologies to create their online applications.
EDx significantly expands the educational mission. NAU. EDx important task is to improve teaching and learning at the university.


EDX - the most intelligent platform MEP American Distance Educationі

Camaya academic MEP platform - it is certainly, EDX. Joint product nonprofit MIT (MIT), Harvard University and the University of Berkeley. The mere listing of project participants said the high quality of product they offer in education.
The project EDX is to create an open and free platform for distance education to free education all comers. The project includes online courses whose content meets the highest university level and is designed for an international audience.
EDX founded in spring 2012 Ananta Agarwal (MIT), then this initiative joined Harvard University, and in summer 2012 and the University of Berkeley. In the autumn of that year in EDX became the largest US union State University The University of Texas System (UT), which includes nine universities and six health institutions. In addition to these well-known educational organizations agree to cooperate with EDX Georgetown University and Wellesley College. Free online courses famous of these schools offers on its platform EDX.
Developers of new training doctrine plans to expand video lectures through the introduction of special software. The basis of the study will be on open source. This platform will make available to work with other developers EDX. In addition to training students in online courses, project pursues other objectives: investigate how students learn and how technologies affect the teaching learning process in online and offline modes. And hundreds of universities around the world expressed their desire to participate in the project.

 

The content of training courses EDX and how they use

EDX started small. First in line was launched just one year - "Circuit and Electronics", developed in Massachusetts. In autumn 2012 there was already 9 online courses
• 3 MIT- course of "Fundamentals of Solid State Chemistry", "Circuitry and electronics", "Fundamentals of Programming";
• 2 course at Harvard - "Computer Science", "Numerical Methods in Public Health and Clinical Medicine";
• 4 course in Berkeley - "Artificial Intelligence", "software", "software 2", "Introduction to computer graphics."
Those students who have shown in learning good results and successfully passed the final exam can receive confirming certificate. It will be published under the name of the university where the course came, v. E. or MIT, or Harvard, or Berkeley. While these certificates are free, but there are plans for them to charge a small fee.
But getting certified is not easy. Demand to students on courses EDX is as high as in teaching at universities participating in the project. It is emphasized that while affordability and growing exponentially, rigor and demands remain the same.

Technology training in EDX

Technologies and methods of teaching are not much different from other MEP projects. Lectures are also divided into modules of up to 10 minutes and interspersed with objectives for better learning. When a wrong answer the program analyzes the error and issue recommendations for fixing it.
Novella present in the course "Circuit and Electronics", where in addition videolektsiy and exercises students perform laboratory work in a virtual laboratory. In this laboratory build and explore fundamental electrical circuits using software analog and digital simulation.
There Platform homework. The introduction of interactive learning products allows you to create online discussion groups, cross-assessment, collaborative learning, online laboratories and so on. DA
In the video lectures mathematical calculations and precise definition of the teacher writes on the tablet. This dynamic process promotes better assimilation of the material by students. Interactions of students in the discussion of educational topics can scale over time. Students are free to set the rate review lectures, accelerating or slowing its progress.
Some courses EDX using unique software designed especially for specific topics or teaching methods. Attracted and famous IT companies, software which is used for teaching students. Thus, the contract with VMware Inc, through which the company is set to put its software Harvard course "Fundamentals of Computer Science". Now students will have access to VMware Workstation 9 and VMware Fusion 5. These programs allow them to run on your computer, different virtual machines, such as Linux, Windows and others. Negotiations on cooperation with other IT companies.
Guide EDX welcomes use of any tools that help both students and teachers improve the learning process.

Distinctive features of the platform EDX

At the forefront - Quality
EDX is not seeking to be the most massive MEP platform. His main task they consider conversion quality education in luxury. With their "virtual walls" must go intellectuals take them to work considers an honor to any employer. Because the courses EDX very strict requirements and high percentage of dropout students. Only 5% of graduates is the total mass that entered the first course. Having a low level of training, have little chance of obtaining the certificate EDX.
This is understandable and "closed" project. Private club EDX of the many proposals received to its ranks only Texas university group and the University of Berkeley.

The use of mixed models of education

In mass involvement in the education of students from different countries, management uses EDX hybrid model of virtual and real learning.
In the university has long and successfully used online methods. Teachers in their lectures, workshops and laboratory work adding their own software development and computer examinations. Many workers and their management EDX combine online work with university posts.
Moreover, the project site was published, which states that the college of Massachusetts to be used together with MEP EDX conventional methods of learning.

Interaction with the existing system of training and the desire to build a system of education

 
Managers and analysts EDX involved not only the advancement of the project. Care about their issues and embedding EDXv existing system of higher and secondary special education, learning motives entering the EDX, obtaining certificates to be recognized traditional universities and employers, and many other problems.
Head of EDX, Ananta Agarwal, said that after one or two students with certificates MEP will host most of the existing universities. Moreover, the precedent is already there - is Advanced Placement.
Program Advanced Placement - is part of secondary education in the United States. It consists of 21 courses: mathematics, sociology, foreign languages, social studies, science, art and more. This program includes the first year of university material and allows the student to try their strength and skills in teaching, exams and get estimates will be considered for admission. Some colleges enroll students with excellent grades on the AP directly to the second year.
To solve the problem of certification, EDX, like Udacity has contracted with Pearson Vue, whereby their students can take the final exam centers internally certification.
Another option may be to use EDX business training. Over time entrepreneur is the main obstacle to his training. But the opportunity to study online in the evening or in Chapter EDX, Ananta Agarwal, said that after one or two students with certificates MEP will host most of the existing universities. Moreover, the precedent is already there - is Advanced Placement.
Program Advanced Placement - is part of secondary education in the United States. It consists of 21 courses: mathematics, sociology, foreign languages, social studies, science, art and more. This program includes the first year of university material and allows the student to try their strength and skills in teaching, exams and get estimates will be considered for admission. Some colleges enroll students with excellent grades on the AP directly to the second year.
To solve the problem of certification, EDX, like Udacity has contracted with Pearson Vue, whereby their students can take the final exam centers internally certification.
Another option may be to use EDX business training. Over time entrepreneur is the main obstacle to his training. But the opportunity to study online in the evening or in the output to your computer will solve the problem for many businesses. Moreover, this is one way to monetize EDX, which must be at least self-sustaining.
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