This site is running an instance of the Open edX software â~Tan open-source, online-education platform that was released on June 2013 by the consortium initiated by Harvard and MIT known as edX. GW customized the branding on the platform and deployed it on Amazon AWS, thanks to seed funding provided by the office of the Vice-Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation and additional support for the first course on the platform (August 2014).
With the help of professional developers at our partners, IBL Studios Education, we can provide a home for GW faculty and their collaborators to innovate offering online courses using the latest technology. Our Open edX installation is independently managed and hosted on third-party cloud servers. Thus, our faculty can maintain control of their educational contentâ~Twhich they are free to disseminate under rights restrictions or licensing options of their choiceâ~Twhile preserving student privacy.
Google became a partner of the Open edX project on September 2013, promising its support to further the technology in the platform and the options for universities to host online courses. With this support, Open edX could become a standard for delivering online courses, open or private, massive or small. If and when this happens, weâ~Yll have the experience at GW to support it.
We are not associated with edX in any way. EdX is a non-profit enterprise created by founding partners Harvard and MIT to offer massive, open, online courses (known as MOOCs). They now have expanded to include dozens of universities and other partners in the xConsortiumâ~TGW is not a member institution of the xConsortium, at present.
THE FIRST GW COURSE ON OPEN EDX
The maiden voyage, so to speak, in GWâ~Ys open online offerings on this platform is the course led by Prof. Lorena A. Barba of the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, titled â~\Practical Numerical Methods with Python.â~]
Prof. Barba instigated a collaboration with three colleagues at other universities to develop this new course together. On her own announcement of the course, she explains the background and framework for this course: it is a truly open-education initiative, with a commitment to share all content under permissive licenses (Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY 4.0 for content and MIT license for all code).