Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is entering into the world of free online education. The company partnered with EdX to create courses for software developers. These courses will be included in the curriculum of Massive Open Online Courses. They are intended to instill core development skills and will highlight interactive assessments, exercises, and coding. The first set of courses will commence in last week of March and students can enroll it for free. The students would require paying a nominal fee if they want to receive a ‘verified certificate.’
EdX is a nonprofit institute that was established by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It offers over 300 courses developed by nonprofits, businesses and universities from around the world. Microsoft becomes the first corporate partner of Edx. As per the list of first seven courses, the focus will on programming languages or other applications developed by Microsoft including Transact-SQL, Office 365 and TypeScript. There are other courses on Bootstrap and C# programming and Bootstrap, which are used in mobile-first website design.
It isn’t for the first time the nonprofit Institute has associated with a big tech company. It associated with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to develop the Open EdX ‘open source learning platform.’ It also has another MOOC.org project in hand, which is going to be much more like a YouTube for online courses developed by organizations and schools outside the EdX consortium. The website was supposed to be launched last year but, in fact, continues to be delayed.
The world of learning
Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said that the company worked with Edx to develop software using Office Mix that enables teachers to include additional content to courses. He added that be bold and passionate, and always keep learning. People stop indulging in creative things if they don’t learn. In this tech-savvy world, technology creates an opportunity, and the Edx courses are developed to offer students with the core development skills required to be successful in a mobile-first world.
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