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Dartmouth College joins online learning platform edX

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 23, 2014 04:08 PM

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Dartmouth College announced today it has joined edX, the free online education collaborative created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“As home to some of the finest teachers in higher education, we are excited to explore how new technologies can further the reach of our excellence,” Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said in a statement. “By joining edX, we enable our faculty to pave the way for the future, discovering new ways to teach that will take Dartmouth classrooms to the world.”

The Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H., said it plans to offer its first massive open online course, or MOOC, through edX in the fall and has plans to add three additional courses.

The courses will be taught by Dartmouth faculty who will get “substantial support” from the college’s academic computing and library staff to create and manage the online content.

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, welcomed the college to its growing consortium, which now partners with more than 30 higher education institutions from around the world.

“Dartmouth shares the consortium’s commitment to expanding data-driven research on teaching and learning to create the best student outcomes online and on campus,” Agarwal said.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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