EdX is all set to join hands with Qualcomm Education to increase massive open online course, mobile capabilities and improve upon its open source platform to help related learners across the world. While EdX is a non-profit learning platform which offers free online courses and classes, Qualcomm Education is a part of Qualcomm Inc., a popular wireless technology provider.
Founded in May 2012, EdX brings online university-level courses in various disciplines like finance, engineering, electronics, computer science, business, chemistry, humanities, philosophy, physics, science and statistics to a worldwide audience. Unlike other MOOC platforms, it works on an open source software platform. On the other hand, Qualcomm focuses on innovating new technologies to create a prospect where the classroom keeps students engaged, connected and inspired.
With this collaboration, the two firms will expand mobile technologies to open access to education for everyone. As a part of the tie-up, Qualcomm Education would supply engineering resources and license elements of its SDK code, which would apparently be distributed to Open EdX community by EdX. With an aim to meet the growing demand for mobile learning, the two leaders with the same vision are all set to connect the power of over 7 billion mobile connections globally.
In order to boost access to high-quality education by improving the online experience on mobile, EdX, will be adding over 500 courses across the world’s best colleges, institutions and universities, including HarvardX, BerkeleyX MITx, UTx amongst others.
Addressing the people at the event, Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer, EdX, and professor, MIT said that being a leading MOOC provider, EdX is dedicated towards increasing the access to education, bringing in more innovative ideas of learning. He added that he has seen an important opportunity for mobile technology which would help to attain this objective. Many industries have already been transformed by mobile and it will further create new learning experiences for education as well.
With the new technology, EdX students would be able to take their coursework with them and access it throughout the day. Meanwhile, Qualcomm Education was established to connect the power of the company’s innovations in mobile technology. Paul Jacobs, executive chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated suggested that giving students 24/7 access to their learning materials and teachers would improve learning to a huge extent.