WHS Collaborates with edX
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses open to anyone with internet access. The concept was hatched in the fall of 2011 at Stanford University. Enrollment quickly grew, spawning a company called Udacity
and a rival partnership at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Michigan, called Coursera
MIT created a non-profit option called MITx, launching its first MOOC in March 2012. Harvard joined MITx and edX
was born. The non-profit was soon joined by the University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas, Wellesley College and Georgetown University.
Anant Agarwal, a WHS parent and the CEO of edX, spoke to Weston faculty at their January professional development session about the potential of open coursework. Out of this meeting the new partnership was formed with the goal of launching two “on-ramp” courses to prepare students for the rigorous academic curricula of Advanced Placement Biology and AB or BC Calculus.
Biology teacher Mary Liu and Math teacher John Monz are quarterbacking the project’s curricular content. Film teacher Ted Garland will lead the production process.