Microsoft today announced their new partnership with edX, a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT that offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations benefitting millions of students around the world. With this new partnership, Microsoft will make it easy to create online courses authored with Office Mix and experienced through edX.org.
With Office Mix, educators will be able to easily produce videos and online lectures for edX that deliver an engaging experience to students, with support for audio and video recordings, screen captures, hyperlinks and digital ink.
Office Mix and edX are partnering on the following initiatives:
- The development of an XBlock component for Office Mix. This solution allows educators to embed mix lectures hosted on OfficeMix.com directly into an edX course. Students will be able to view the mixes natively on edX.org.
- Open sourcing of the Office Mix XBlock component for distribution on GitHub. Open edX deployments will be able to reuse or modify the Office Mix XBlock for their needs.
- A commitment to interoperability as edX further extends and evolves the XBlock architecture.
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