Trinity College has joined with edX, one of the world’s leading online course platforms, to offer online courses to students around the world. Founded by MIT and Harvard in 2012, edX has a three-pronged mission centered on increasing access to education, improving the quality of education on campuses and online, and researching ways to advance teaching and learning.
Under the name of TrinityX, Trinity will host noncredit course content on two levels: as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), with an open enrollment available to any interested participant, and as a Small Private Online Course (SPOC), with a closed enrollment structure that may be targeted to a specific audience – for example, alumni or high school students wanting to sample Trinity’s course offerings.
Two MOOCs – “Science in Art” with Henry DePhillips, professor of chemistry, emeritus, and “Mobile Computing with App Inventor” with Professor of Computer Science Ralph Morelli – were set to launch in mid-October. Three additional MOOCs are in the works and slated to launch during the spring 2016 semester.
“We are excited about our partnership with edX, which offers tremendous opportunities for us to expand our outreach and showcase the outstanding quality of instruction at Trinity,” said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. “TrinityX will undoubtedly allow us to reach broader audiences, while, at the same time, influence the use of educational technology on our campus.”
Trinity joins a growing number of highly selective colleges and universities – including other small liberal arts schools such as Colgate, Davidson, Hamilton, and Wellesley – in partnering with edX.