UQ Partners with edX to launch MOOCs

UQ has Partnered with edX and is set to launch its first MOOC in early March 2014

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. UQ, which is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities globally has partnered with edX — a leader provider in MOOCs based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and governed by MIT and Harvard University.

A MOOC is a ‘Massive Open Online Course’ designed to support an unlimited number of students and facilitated completely online.

EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses. Through its institutional partners, the XConsortium, edX aims to present the best of higher education online, offering opportunity to anyone who wants to achieve, thrive, and grow.

People from across the globe will be able to access learning in areas taught by The University of Queensland’s global experts in many top-ranked disciplines, with UQx joining the prestigious edX consortium.

UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said UQ was one of only two Australian universities in the not-for-profit edX enterprise.

“EdX is a leading provider of MOOCs. A plethora of fine institutions have expressed an interest in joining edX so it is a testament to UQ’s quality teaching and research that we have been invited to join such a select group of elite global partners such as MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley,” said Prof Høj.

“We are pleased to welcome The University of Queensland to edX,” said MIT Professor and edX President Professor Anant Agarwal. “Their world-class faculty and rich variety of courses will appeal to our growing, diverse community of students and we look forward to working alongside UQ as we improve learning online and on campus through research on the edX platform,” he said.

2014 UQx courses

Enrollment is now open and starting in March 2014, UQ will offer four courses through edX. The courses are free and are open to anyone – including alumni and prospective students.

starts 3 March 2014 The Science of Everyday Thinking
starts 7 April 2014 Hypersonics- From Shock Waves to Scramjets 9 Weeks
starts 7 April 2014 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging  10 Weeks
starts 28 April 2014 Tropical Coastal Systems 7 Weeks

 

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