edX and Qualcomm Education have joined forces to develop better mobile-based learning programs on the edX platform. The collaboration between the two industry leaders aims at improving the learning experience and engagement of mobile users by making education more readily available to anyone with a device and Internet access.
The collaboration between edX and Qualcomm will improve edX’s MOOC mobile capability and functionality, and it will also improve its open source platform to facilitate interfacing and connecting with learners around the globe.
Qualcomm is an industry leader in 3G, 4G and wireless technology. Qualcomm will contribute the know-how to improve learning capability for mobile-based learning by making available its engineering resources to the Open edX community.
According to Martin Blanc of Bidness Etc, the end result will benefit billions of learners and mobile users:
“Since mobile technologies play a key role in the online learning platforms, the companies together run on the massive power of over 7 billion mobile connections across the globe, with over 1 million added daily to cater the increasing demand for mobile-based learning.”
EdX chief executive officer and MIT professor Anant Agarwal said of the collaboration:
“As a leading MOOC provider, edX is committed to expanding access to education for everyone and to drive new ways of learning. We see a significant opportunity for mobile technology to help realize this goal… Mobile has transformed many industries and we anticipate it will do the same for education”.
Anant Agarwal also says that the project will make it easier for edX students to access their coursework and use new collaboration tools to improve their engagement and learning. He characterizes the project as “the next frontier for learning worldwide.”
EdX currently provides more than 500 courses from top universities and colleges including MIT, UC Berkeley and Harvard. Now edX hopes to make the learning experience of mobile users more efficient. Paul Jacobs, executive chairman at Qualcomm Inc. says:
“We know that giving students 24/7 access to their learning materials, their teachers and each other can dramatically improve learning. The collaboration with edX is an important step toward expanding access through the power of the mobile platform, enabling the Qualcomm ‘Why Wait’ experience for students around the globe.”
The collaboration between edX and Qualcomm seeks to reinvent education, according to Qualcomm. The goal is to keep students engaged and motivated from the time they enroll in a course to when they graduate. Qualcomm succinctly describes the venture as “A mobile education for a mobile generation.”
The project aims to facilitate coursework access for students that are always on the go, to offer the flexibility to adjust the learning experience according to one’s lifestyle and schedule, and to unleash collaboration so that it is no longer geographically-bound.