EdX Launches Nine Master’s Degree Programs at $10K-$23K

The edX organization achieved an important milestone yesterday on its expansion strategy by announcing the 2019 launch of nine online Master’s degree programs at a “disruptive price” between $10,000 and $23,000. The average Master’s degree costs between $30,000-$120,000.

These programs, in areas such as data science, cybersecurity, computer science, analytics and supply chain management, will be developed by Arizona State University, Curtin University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, University of California San Diego, University of Queensland, and University of Texas at Austin.

This is the full offering:

Arizona State University – Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

– Curtin University – Master of Marketing

  • Tuition: $22,254
  • Regular decision deadline: August 15, 2019

– Georgia Institute of Technology – Master of Science in Analytics

  • Top 10 Ranked
  • Tuition: $9,900
  • Early decision deadline: March 1, 2019

– Georgia Institute of Technology – Master of Science in Cybersecurity

  • Top 10 Ranked
  • Tuition: $9,920
  • Early decision deadline: March 1, 2019

– Indiana University – Master of Science in Accounting

  • Top 10 ranked
  • Tuition: $21,000
  • Initial deadline: July 1, 2019

– Indiana University – Master of Science in Information Technology Management

  • Top 10 ranked
  • Tuition: $21,000
  • Initial deadline: July 1, 2019

– University of California, San Diego – Master of Data Science

  • Tuition: $15,000

– University of Queensland – Master of Leadership in Service Innovation

  • Tuition: < $18,500
  • Regular decision deadline: June 15, 2019

– University of Texas at Austin – Master of Science in Computer Science

  • Top 10 ranked
  • Tuition: $10,000
  • Priority decision deadline: April 1, 2019

University of Edinburgh (Upcoming)

This Master’s degree offering, available at www.edx.org/masters, builds upon edX MicroMasters program.

“Workplace is changing more rapidly than ever before, and employers are in need of highly-skilled talent, especially in fields most impacted by advances in technology,” explained Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, in a blog post to announce edX’s Masters.

The launch of the Master’s programs follows the success of an initial pilot program with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Analytics, which demonstrated the impact of offering disruptively priced Master’s degrees from top-ranked institutions at scale. The program started with 250 students in Fall 2017 and has grown to more than 1,200 in Fall 2018. Tuition for Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) degree is available for less than $10,000. The residential program ranges from $36,000 for in-state students to $49,000 for out of state.


edX BlogFully Online, Top-Ranked Master’s Degrees Now Available on edX

Press Release: edX Launches New Master’s Degrees in Partnership with Top-Ranked Universities

ForbesEdX Announces A New Set Of Graduate Programs In Analytics In Partnership With Major Universities

A Harvard Course on edX Will Teach to Build a Machine Learning Algorithm

Harvard’s “Data Science: Machine Learning” course will be launched today, October 11 at edX.org .

It will be an open, self-paced, 4-week course, which will teach popular machine learning algorithms and principal component analysis, with a practical case in mind: building a movie recommendation system.

The most popular data science methodologies come today from machine learning and how it builds prediction algorithms using data. Many popular products, from spam detectors and speech recognition systems to handwriting readers implemented by the postal service include machine learning.

Taught by Rafael Irizarry, Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard University, “Data Science: Machine Learning” will be part of this institution’s Professional Certificate Program in Data Science.

Opinion: Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape Education

By Mikel Amigot

We are walking into an AI-empowered era. And not only self-driving cars and robots are performing repetitive tasks.

Nearly all industries, including education, will eventually be affected by AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Today we are seeing the impact on customer attention, where machine learning algorithms using data are making decisions.

Machine learning, a subset of AI, is the new weapon in education, too. Personalized learning, adaptive pathways, and predictive analytics will be the most visible outcome.

We’re already seeing how data is helping to track student knowledge and recommend next steps.

We all know IBM Watson, ALEKS, and Knewton. Even us, at IBL Education, we’ve implemented these algorithms in some online lessons, and we’ve deployed predictive analytics on the Open edX platform.

However, we need much more data to improve our algorithms.

Machine learning in education is in the early stages.

Students, parents, and advisors will continue to make decisions about learning pathways, but data will play an increasing role in guiding recommendations.

In a way, the AI tsunami has not even started.


        Mikel Amigot is the CEO of IBL Education (Open edX) and IBL News        


MIT – edX MicroMasters Adds Harvard Extension School and Four More Institutions

The list of universities that recognize the MITx / edX MicroMasters credential has grown to 19 pathway institutions in 11 countries and 58 different pathways to a Master’s degree.

The last five institutions joining the MicroMasters are:

Delivered on edX.org, MITx MicroMasters courses offer the same learning experiences as MIT courses.


Restarting the Platform and other Advice Managing Open edX

Manually configuring and maintaining the Open edX platform is a challenging task.

To help in difficulties, a freelance developer based in Mexico, Lawrence McDaniel, has posted in this blog a basic troubleshooting guide with solutions.

Interestingly, McDaniel says that “the cure-all is restarting the platform”. “When your Open edX installation is misbehaving and you’re unsure of your next step, I always like to begin with a reboot. It can’t hurt, and occasionally you’re pleasantly surprised to find your instance in good health immediately afterward.”

These are the topics of the guide:



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• Global Knowledge launches a new hybrid format on its Open edX platform

• FUN Open edX platform’s revenue streams to achieve financial sustainability



• edX recommends upgrading its Open edX platform to Hawthorn.2

• Overseas freelancers offer to install basic Open edX for $160

• Opinion: Jupyter is a surprisingly powerful teaching tool which works well with Open edX



• TU Delft reaches the two million learners milestone

• MIT’s introductory course about computer science on edX reaches 1.2M online learners

• United Nation’s sustainable development courses on edX.org

• The 2018 best edX instructors



• Anant Agarwal wins the Yidan Prize for his work with the edX platform

• Anant Agarwal’s column: How MOOCs help the skills transformation issue


This newsletter about Open edX is a monthly report compiled by the IBL News journalist staff, in collaboration with IBL Education, a New York City-based company that builds AI analytics-driven, revenue-oriented learning ecosystems, and courses with Open edX. 

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Global Knowledge Launches a New Hybrid Format on its Open edX Platform

Global Knowledge will launch a flexible course delivery format called “Blended Live” at the end of October 2018. This will be a hybrid model which combines the flexibility of on-demand and self-paced online learning with the physical presence and expert direction of the instructor-led training format.

“We have created a learning experience that will resonate with many in the corporate world,” explained Kevin Pawsey, Global CIO at Global Knowledge, on a blog post.

The first Blended Live courses will be amongst Global Knowledge’s most popular subjects: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Cybersecurity Foundations, and Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.

Global Knowledge’s online platform includes the Open edX codebase and has been developed in partnership with IBL Education.


edX Recommends Upgrading its Open edX Platform to Hawthorn.2

edX engineers released this week a new release of Hawthorn, Hawthorn.2.

This new version of the Open edX platform includes “a few changes and security fixes”, according to Ned Batchelder, an edX architect.

“If you are running Hawthorn, we recommend updating to open-release/hawthorn.2,” he added.

These are the commits in hawthorn.2 since hawthorn.1:
—- ./edx-platform —-

 58d2ac8c92 2018-09-10 (tag: open-release/hawthorn.2, origin/open-release/hawthorn.master, open-release/hawthorn.master) Edit test value to be valid URL format Farhanah Sheets
 24f6faf5d8 2018-09-10 Bump RecommenderXBlock version Farhanah Sheets
 55a3d659ae 2018-09-07 Merge pull request #18901 from edx/pwnage101/cherry-pick-un-deletion-mgmt-command-gdpr-plat-2308 Ned Batchelder
 1a66c1542d 2018-09-06 undo a hand-modification performed as part of a previous cherry-pick Troy Sankey
 313be9b2ab 2018-07-30 Mgmt command to cancel user retirement request. John Eskew
 715b8d31ac 2018-07-18 Adding user_api call to get retirements by date range and current state bmedx
 99a0c368e5 2018-07-13 PLAT-2186 – allow retirement states to be forced by driver script bmedx
 32965363db 2018-07-10 PLAT-2217 – fix partner reporting queue 500 errors, reduce log spam bmedx
 6090357434 2018-09-06 Merge pull request #18892 from edx/pwnage101/cherry-pick-duplicate-username-prevention-gdpr Ned Batchelder
 e524783585 2018-08-20 Update bulk_rehash_retired_usernames bmedx
 c89d08c9cf 2018-08-14 Fix failures due to creating users during initial migrations bmedx
 82d10a0bcc 2018-08-08 Upgrade user-util to 0.1.5 bmedx
 73885529fd 2018-08-10 Stop acct creation from using usernames still in the retirement queue bmedx
 f9fb87d0de 2018-08-08 Update retirement to handle multiple UserRetirementStatus rows returned bmedx
 d6ea0e2cc0 2018-08-10 Add forums renaming to bulk username rehash command bmedx
 1107961895 2018-08-08 Bulk rehashing of retired usernames bmedx
 f81015d052 2018-09-05 Merge pull request #18893 from edx/fsheets/hawthorn-cherrypick Ned Batchelder
 fbf905c161 2018-08-22 Update recommender-xblock version Farhanah Sheets
 5f7e32da8d 2018-08-22 Merge pull request #18820 from edx/mroytman/remove-edit-image-modal-waffle-flag Ned Batchelder
 7447baed62 2018-08-16 remove enable_edit_image_modal waffle flag Michael Roytman
—- ./cs_comments_service —-
 1ad615b 2018-09-05 (HEAD -> open-release/hawthorn.master, tag: open-release/hawthorn.2, origin/open-release/hawthorn.master) NewRelic as optional dependency Beltran Rueda

Free Online Content from Harvard Faculty on edX to Enrich Classroom Experiences

Harvard University’s cutting-edge and free 100 courses on edX.org –covering topics from calculus and climate change to Shakespeare and Stravinsky– are a good tool to enrich a face-to-face classroom experience and enhance professional development-oriented skills.

HarvardX has suggested four approaches:

  1. Use online courses to deepen your content knowledge and learn new teaching strategies. For example, the course CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science includes new and effective instructional strategies.
  2. Allow students to virtually interact with other course participants, so they can learn the views of other people and collaborate with them.  In the Practical Improvement Science in Health Care course, students feel connected and realize that others around the U.S. are on a similar journey and their voices matter.
  3. Enroll and connect with a global community of teachers. Leaders of Learning, a course which examines theories of education and leadership, allows for this kind of collaboration.
  4. Earn certificates of participation that can be used to apply for professional development credit at the state or school district levels. This page details how to work with continuing education credits.

Anant Agarwal Wins the Yidan Prize for His Work with the edX Platform

The Yidan Prize Foundation granted this month the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Development to edX CEO, Anant Agarwal. Mr. Agarwal was recognized for making education more accessible to people around the world via the edX online platform.

The Yidan Prize judging panel, led by former Director-General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura, invested six months to consider over 1,000 nominations spanning 92 countries.

Simultaneously, Larry V. Hedges of Northwestern University received the Yidan Prize for Education Research for his groundbreaking statistical methods for meta-analysis.

Founded in 2016 by Charles Chen Yidan, the Yidan Prize aims to create a better world through education.

The Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development will be awarded in Hong Kong on December 10, 2018, by Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Following the ceremony, the laureates will be joined by about 350 practitioners, researchers, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, and global leaders in education to launch the 2018 edition of the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), the first comprehensive index to evaluate inputs into education systems rather than outputs, such as test scores.

Dorothy K. Gordon, chair of UNESCO IFAP and head of the judging panel, commended Professor Agarwal for his work behind the MOOC  movement. “EdX gives people the tools to decide where to learn, how to learn, and what to learn. It brings education into the sharing economy, enabling access for people who were previously excluded from the traditional system of education because of financial, geographic, or social constraints. It is the ultimate disrupter with the ability to reach every corner of the world that is internet enabled, decentralizing and democratizing education.’

Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma praised edX for creating a platform “where learners from all over the world can access high-quality education and also for enabling MIT faculty and other edX university partners to rethink how digital technologies can enhance on-campus education by providing a platform that empowers researchers to advance the understanding of teaching through online learning.”

In the past six years, edX built a community of over 17 million learners from around the world; partnered with more than 130 prestigious universities, institutions and corporations; and continues to make the edX platform available for free as the Open edX open source software.

The Open edX platform has been adopted by 1600 sites, where over 20 million additional people learn every day.