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UK: Gates Foundation funds online university open access


Online courses provided by some of the top universities in the United States are going to be used by students at local community colleges, in a project funded by the Gates Foundation.

The edX project, set up by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced a plan to "bring a new teaching model to the classroom".

It will blend edX's online lectures and materials with classroom learning.

EdX president Anant Agarwal pointed to the value to tight college budgets.

Online courses have become an increasingly important topic in higher education - particularly in the United States, where they have been seen as a way of widening access and tackling spiralling costs.

These so-called MOOCs - massive open online courses - have attracted millions of students since they were launched by some of the biggest names in US higher education.

This latest initiative from edX is experimenting with how these course materials might be used in the classroom by students in two community colleges in Massachusetts, Bunker Hill and MassBay.

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, with more than 13,000 students, serves a diverse, multicultural community.

The project will link these students with the same materials being used by their neighbours in Harvard and MIT.

This will be funded with $1m (£630,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which wants to support innovation in education.

The idea is to explore how cutting-edge courses from prestigious universities could be adapted for use by students in other classroom settings.

It will mean that students will have access to content produced by leading academics - within courses delivered by local staff.

"Our technology and innovative teaching methods have the potential to transform the way community college students learn, both in and out of the classroom," said Prof Agarwal.

Dr John O'Donnell, president of MassBay Community College, welcomed this mix of high-quality online content and interaction between staff and students.

He said that his students would have one-to-one contact with their own community college professors - but would also have access to the best online courses from world-class universities.

Source: BBC news site

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