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EdX plans to block students in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan from taking an upcoming online course on aerodynamics and modern aircraft design, according to a blog post written by edX president Anant Agarwal on Monday.
EdX, the open online learning platform co-founded by Harvard and MIT, has partnered with Facebook to give Rwandan students free access to collaborative, online courses. The partnership, dubbed SocialEDU, was announced Monday and will serve as a blueprint for future projects, according to a press release from Facebook.
The University of Tokyo joined edX on Tuesday, becoming the 32nd institution to partner with the online education platform, which was created by Harvard and MIT in May 2012.
Born out of the adaptation of the class for online education platform HarvardX, a new policy implemented in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 12: “Poetry in America” prevents students from asking questions in lectures and has prompted the course instructor, English professor Elisa New, to foster student-teacher interaction in new ways.
In an effort to sustain and strengthen alumni networks, HarvardX—the University’s branch of the online learning venture edX—will offer course content restricted to alumni beginning in March of this year.
More than 28,000 students from 183 countries have enrolled in HDS1544.1x: “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul,” Harvard Divinity School’s first foray into edX, which launched Jan. 6—a figure more than 220 times the size of the school’s 2013 graduating class.
The Forum, a Swiss non-profit organization that holds an annual conference on global economic policy, will launch its first course in May.
Working papers released Tuesday indicated that 95 percent of registrants for courses offered by Harvard and MIT on edX, the open online education platform co-founded by the two universities, did not earn certificates of completion.
As edX continues to expand its presence overseas and partners with an increasingly diverse array of non-educational institutions, professors and students agree on the initiative’s international significance but say its precise impact on the landscape of higher education remains uncertain.
In its first explicit attempt to attract high school students, edX will collaborate with College Board and Davidson College professors to create online mini-courses in calculus, physics, and macroeconomics based on difficult topics in the Advanced Placement curriculum.
Professor Elisa New delivers a lecture, "Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England," on Thursday at the Harvard Allston Education Portal. The event was a collaboration between Harvard X and the Education Portal, allowing for both in-person interaction and discussion while hundreds viewed the presentation from their homes. Members of Professor New's panel included teachers and students from Lexington and Swampscott High Schools.
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan unveiled Edraak, an online education website for the Arabic-speaking world, during a visit to Harvard on Thursday.