Office of Global Engagement

Brown to launch online learning initiative with edX

May 5, 2017

With four three-week courses planned initially, the University’s new BrownX initiative will bring Brown’s distinctive approach to teaching and learning to new audiences across the globe.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With courses on topics ranging from the intersection of art and medicine to mass surveillance to the ethics of memory, Brown University will launch an online learning initiative to bring its distinctive approach to teaching and learning to new audiences across the globe, beginning in July.

BrownX will be launched in partnership with edX — a nonprofit online learning destination founded in 2012 that has partnered with more than 100 of the world’s leading universities and cultural institutions to bring massive open online courses (MOOCs) to more than 11 million people.

The first BrownX courses offered on will begin in July and will be three-week, no-cost, not-for-credit offerings.

“This new partnership will bring the best of Brown to a global community,” said Provost Richard M. Locke. “BrownX will showcase the expertise of our accomplished faculty, expose new audiences to our collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to research and teaching and offer learners access to knowledge that inspires progress, shapes policy and improves the world.”

Brown joins a list of edX partners that includes a number of its Ivy League peers, other global universities and nonprofits and international organizations including the Smithsonian, the International Monetary Fund and Amnesty International, among many others.

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