Wits University offers MOOCs on edX to enhance access to higher education

Wits University, a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg, has announced it now offering a suite of online courses on edX, an online learning platform.

The online courses include massive open online courses (MOOCs), short online courses, and full online degree programmes.

Within the next three months, the platform, WitsX, will be available on edX with three courses on offer. The courses are System Dynamics for Health Sciences (launches August 3, 2016), Research Methods: An Engineering Approach (launches September 7, 2016), and Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation (launches October 5, 2016).

“Developing these three edX MOOCs has been an exciting collaboration between eLearning staff in the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD) and teams of academics. We envisage that the capacity and systems we have developed will inform and strengthen future institutional online course development and other blended learning initiatives,” said Associate Professor Christine Woods, Wits CLTD Director and Head of WitsX.

These three courses, and others that’ll be added later, will be available over the next three years and will help enhance access to higher education.

To complete a WitsX MOOC, do the following:

  • Select ‘learn more’ about one of Wits’ three available MOOCs.
  • Click ‘enroll now’.
  • Create an account.
  • Allocate 2 – 4 hours per week over six weeks (or as specified) to complete the free course and benefit from online support from dedicated Wits experts.

All MOOCs offered by WitsX will be free of charge although a certificate of completion can be purchased for approximately US$49 (approximately R720.00 at the current exchange rate).

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Professor Adam Habib said, “This is a pioneering, innovative project that is unlocking new opportunities for South African universities. We will continue to develop course content to enable students from around the world to access our international expertise in fields ranging from the palaeosciences to infectious diseases and deep-level mining.”

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