Chinese leading universities chose edX's open source to power a large education portal

EdX’s open source platform has been selected by a consortium of leading Chinese universities to power China’s newest and largest online learning portal, XuetangX.

This MOOC and blended learning portal – which was launched last week –  will feature courses from leading and high-quality universities in China, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Renmin University Of China, Beijing Normal University, China Agricultural University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and National Tsinghua University.

While powered by edX’s open source platform, XuetangX will be independent, separate and distinct from edX.org. (Update.)

On the other hand, last month MITx –a division of MIT that offers courses on edX– announced that certificates would be offered to students who completed a prescribed syllabus of courses.

Desire2Learn joins Blackboard and Instructure in the MOOCs market

Another course-management company enters the market for MOOCs.

Desire2Learn unveiled a MOOC-enabled version of its online-learning platform, joining two competitors, Blackboard and Instructure (Canvas).

Desire2Learn Open Courses integrates online assets commonly used for classroom instruction and the MOOC system, preventing students and faculty members from having to log into different accounts. It allows professors and institutions to import content from the existing Desire2Learn platform, create their own MOOCs, and maintain copyrights on their own materials.