High tech in higher ed

San Jose State opening Center of Excellence

By SUE ELLEN ROSS
BRIDGE Editor

Expertise garnered through an “Introduction to Circuits Analysis” class last fall using the MOOC provider edX platform has evolved into the development of theCenter for Excellence in Adaptive and Blended Learning” at San Jose State University.

The expanded collaboration between the university and edX [Opens in New Window] not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), follows a successful pilot that has increased student pass rates.

Blended classroom settings

Once trained at San Jose State faculty members will be equipped to incorporate the MITx 6.002x Circuits and Electronics course offered on the edX platform into their own blended classroom settings. This means students can prepare for class sessions by accessing in advance all the rigorous curricular materials — readings, video and interactive exercises. Access of these materials provides preparation for in-depth class discussions and group work facilitated by local professors.

“San Jose State University is thrilled to have the opportunity to grow its groundbreaking collaboration with edX,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “As the public university serving Silicon Valley, San Jose State is the perfect place for a center for excellence in online education. We look forward to helping other California State University campuses make available to thousands of students the innovative, blended approach to learning developed by SJSU and edX.”

Beyond engineering

The agreement also enables the SJSU-edX collaboration to expand well beyond engineering to the sciences, humanities, business and social sciences. SJSU will pilot additional courses from several edX universities, including Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley.