IEEE Teams with edX to Develop Series of Online Continuing Education Courses
14 November 2014 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, is collaborating with edX, a non-profit organization founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other continuing professional education courses to a worldwide audience on www.edX.org.
“edX’s commitment to innovation and quality has changed online education in the past two years,” said Saurabh Sinha, vice president of the IEEE Educational Activities Board. “Their global reach, reputation for quality, and engagement with the community of IEEE members and other technical professionals makes edX a great fit for IEEE’s online education programs.”
A number of IEEE technical societies and organizations, including the IEEE Internet of Things Community, IEEE Solid State Circuits Society, the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and IEEE Educational Activities, among others, are developing online courses to be released on edX.org beginning late in 2014. Official announcements of specific courses will be made on the IEEE presence on edX at www.IEEEx.org.
The first such course to be released under the IEEE banner will be “ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights,” developed and sponsored by the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
“The course will provide students with a glimpse of evolving technologies from world experts in integrated circuits,” said Anantha Chandrakasan, Conference Chair of the ISSCC, the flagship conference of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS). Society President Bill Bidermann added, “The IEEE Solid State Circuits Society remains committed to quality education. We're extremely pleased to offer one of the first courses on the IEEEx platform, bringing the latest technology to students worldwide.”
The course, which will launch on 1 December, is accepting registrations now at www.IEEEx.org.
IEEE organizations—and approved non-IEEE companies and organizations—will work with IEEE Educational Activities to produce their courses on the edX platform. Many courses will be free and publicly available, while others will be available for a fee. Students in many free courses will have the option of purchasing a verified certificate confirming their successful completion of the IEEE course. Courses will also allow participants to earn continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs).
“We are honored to partner with IEEE to help advance technical professionals' knowledge and skills through online learning,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. “IEEE is a leader in global innovation, and their work directly aligns with the edX mission to increase access to education for everyone around the world.”