WHAT IS DARTMOUTHX?
Dartmouth College joined edX, the nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The partnership underscores the College’s commitment to leadership in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
“As home to some of the finest teachers in higher education, we are excited to explore how new technologies can further the reach of our excellence,” says Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77. “By joining edX, we enable our faculty to pave the way for the future, discovering new ways to teach that will take Dartmouth classrooms to the world.”
“I see a MOOC as a textbook rather than a class; a textbook with videos". – Professor Vicki May, The Engineering of Structures Around Us
Professor Steve Swayne, back row, second from right, with the OperaX Course Team.
- Expand access to learning for everyone, including Dartmouth lifelong learners
- Enhance the Dartmouth liberal arts model of teaching and learning
- Advance teaching and learning through research, experimentation and collaboration
Through edX’s online platform, students of any age in any location can take courses free of charge (without academic credit) from some of the world’s finest universities, now including Dartmouth.
As a member of edX, Dartmouth offered its first MOOC in fall 2014, with eight more open online courses taught to date. The courses are taught by Dartmouth faculty members, who receive substantial support from staff in Academic Computing and the Library to create and manage online course content.
EdX’s mission to expand access to high quality education while improving outcomes, online and in the classroom, is supported by the organization’s commitment to research on effective teaching and learning. The thousands of students who participate in DartmouthX courses enables faculty to innovate and evaluate the results using large amounts of data on student interaction with online course material.
“Information is at students’ fingertips far more readily than it ever has been before, and the amount of information has expanded exponentially. So we as instructors need to focus more on teaching students ways of weighing information responsibly.”
— Professor Steve Swayne, Italian and German OperaX