Educational Technology

April 15, 2013

‘Linux of online learning’ gets stronger: edX and Stanford team up to build open source platform

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Ki Mae Heussner, GigaOM

Despite its initial efforts at building its own open-source online learning platform, Stanford said it will fold that platform into the edX platform launched by Harvard and MIT.  In its mission to become the “Linux of online learning,” edX just got a powerful new partner. On Wednesday, the Harvard and MIT-backed non-profit is set to announce that it’s teaming up with Stanford to collaboratively develop the open-source edX platform. Last fall, Stanford launched its own open-source online learning platform Class2Go, which it released to the public in January. Developed by a team of Stanford engineers, the platform was designed to support the university’s online classes and research. In addition to being open, the platform was intended to be inter-operable with other services and portable (meaning that the course content isn’t tied to one platform). But as part of the new collaboration, Stanford will cease development on that platform and focus its efforts on edX.

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