EdX is a distance learning program that seeks to “revolutionize online education” by providing free online education to students around the world, and its website is designed to urge students to sign up for the program’s online classes.
As part of the website’s mission to recruit students, EdX is not shy about tooting its own horn. It provides information on itself including that it is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and that the online courses are designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders say EdX is a new online-learning experience that can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide.
To further motivate potential students to sign up for classes, the website features a video called “The Future of Online Education for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime,” that features some of the more than 370,000 students who have already signed up for courses. Students of all ages, means, and nations are in the video, and they all say “hello,” and some praise EdX for providing education in places where education is not accessible.
It also lists the courses that are available such as “Introduction to Solid State Chemistry,” “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research” and “Artificial Intelligence” to name a few.
For making distance learning available to anyone who has access to the Internet, as well as being a student recruitment tool, EdX is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.