RIT is a contributing member in the nonprofit online learning platform edX. The edX consortium is a non-profit association built on an open-source learning platform that promotes innovative learning. It was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2010 and already counts some of the nation’s top universities, such as Cornell, University of Texas, Georgetown, Caltech, Columbia and University of California, Berkeley, among its partners. EdX currently offers more than 1250 online courses in such diverse areas as the arts and humanities, public health, law, math, video game design, and computer science.
RIT joined edX in October 2015 to offer noncredit online courses that create an opportunity for enhanced engagement between RIT and numerous off-campus communities interested in exploring online course work. The partnership also provides RIT faculty with a venue to test and develop innovative online instructional techniques to benefit our on campus students.
RIT has a long and rich history in developing online learning programs and degree offerings. In fact, RIT offered the first fully online program in 1991—years before the rest of higher education entered the online learning arena. Partnering with edX is the next evolution in furthering RIT’s role as a provider of innovative learning opportunities.Through RITx we can:
- Experiment with new teaching technologies that may enhance teaching across all of RIT, RIT Online, and our global campuses.
- Enhance on-campus education by applying knowledge gained through the exploration of edX platforms.
- Explore ways to make college-level course work more affordable by designing more pathways to obtaining a degree in higher education.
- Improve development and delivery of online education.
- Assist in our global education efforts.