Columbia University joins edX

By Dan O’Connell

We are proud to announce that Columbia University has joined edX as our 33rd Charter Member.

Among the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York continuously seeks to advance the frontiers of scholarship and foster a campus community deeply engaged in the complex issues of our time through teaching, research, and public service. More than 40,000 students, award-winning faculty, and professional staff define the university’s underlying values and commitment to pursuing new knowledge and educating informed, engaged citizens.

ColumbiaX will offer its first three courses on edX from Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History and one of the world’s most prominent historians. His most recent book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” won the Pulitzer Prize for History. Professor Foner is a winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates (1991) and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University (2006). His courses on edX will launch in late 2014 and early 2015, and will cover the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Future courses offered by ColumbiaX will come from faculty throughout the university’s 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, as well as from four affiliated colleges and seminaries in Manhattan and a wide array of research institutes and global centers around the world.

We welcome another partner eager to use new technologies to improve educational outcomes both on campus and online. The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL), celebrating its 15th anniversary this week, will provide extensive support in the production, pedagogy, and assessment of Columbia’s efforts. The CCNMTL’s prominence as a center for the purposeful use of educational technologies will aid edX’s efforts to uncover what helps faculty teach and students learn.

Welcome, Columbia University!

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