edX to help universities deliver fully remote teaching
edX has announced the launch of a global initiative to help universities deliver full remote teaching and learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Edtech provider edX has created several free resources to support educational institutions to help them cope with the demand to move education online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
edX, an online educational platform created by Harvard and MIT, is launching a global initiative to assist universities in the implementation of effective online learning and teaching.
The organisation say it will be helping universities plan for their upcoming semesters by giving them free access to edX’s content and expertise.
edX will help universities with strategies for implementing digital learning
Due to COVID-19, universities quickly moved to remote teaching, but they are still in need of long term strategies and edX will help them in planning and implementing these strategies.
As a starter, edX has launched a webinar series that will help beginners in online teaching so that universities can transition to delivering online education smoothly.
The webinar will help educators on how they will need to adapt to their classes being online and how to effectively deliver their lessons through an online platform.
A statement from edX said: “In the initial weeks of the pandemic, edX was quick to launch an early version of edX Online Campus to help our university partners best support their students, and to create new resources for learners and partners alike. Since then, it has become clear that there is no ‘going back to normal’ for many universities in the near future. This latest announcement addresses the long-term expected impact of COVID-19.”
edX’s Online Campus gives free access to the courses and programmes offered on their website. This will help universities complete their academic years remotely, as moving to online teaching on such short notice was proving difficult for many universities.
With this initiative, edX hopes to lessen the long term impact that the Coronavirus outbreak will have on the education sector.
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