Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry says joining edX, one of the world’s leading education platforms, will extend the university’s global reach.
The edX consortium of elite higher education institutions was established by Harvard and MIT universities in 2012, and offers interactive online classes and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Curtin’s acceptance into the edX consortium was announced this week by the Western Australian Minister for Finance; Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion and edX’s President Wendy Cebula, who flew in from the United States.
“Curtin is transforming its learning experience to become an international leader in education and research, and becoming a member of the edX consortium opens many opportunities for Curtin to collaborate in teaching and learning with leading international universities.
“The partnership will enhance our campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners who will be actively engaged with Curtin.
“We are creating new pathways to education that certify and integrate formal and informal learning through flexible learning opportunities that integrate existing MOOCs with online degree programs. To be competitive, Curtin must become global while being innovative and progressive.”
The first Curtin MOOC to be launched on edX will be The Business of Mining in mid-June.
The Business of Mining MOOC has been developed by Curtin in collaboration with leading industry and education experts. It uses interactive challenge-based techniques to provide an introduction to the lifecycle of mining, from exploration, through to mine planning, operation and closure.
Professor Terry said the MOOC provides a high-level introduction for non-operational staff, as well as government employees, suppliers and other contractors supporting the industry.
“It will be a valuable teaching and learning resource for the industry that showcases WA’s mining excellence and promotes awareness and understanding of the complexities and fragility of the minerals, exploration and business sectors.”
According to Professor Terry, Curtin’s approach to learning adopts a mix of traditional and digital media across multiple platforms to challenge conventional thought and encourage learning through exploration and collaboration.
She said the next generation of digital learning is a highly interactive experience that leverages social networks, game and challenge-based learning designs, and new forms of recognition such as badges.