PALO ALTO -- Stanford University will collaborate with online education nonprofit edX on software that will soon be available to anyone for free, Stanford announced Wednesday.
The move is aimed at expanding cooperative development of online education. According to Stanford's announcement, open source online learning platforms such as edX will allow universities to develop their own delivery methods, partner with other universities and institutions as they choose, collect data and control branding of their educational material.
While Stanford and its professors will continue to use several providers of online courses, including Coursera and Venture Lab, the university will stop developing its own platform, Class2Go.
Instead, aspects of Class2Go will be incorporated into the program developed at edX, a nonprofit launched by Harvard and MIT last year. The resulting software code will become available, or open source, on June 1.
And then the platform will become the "Linux of learning," predicted edX President Anant Agarwal in Stanford's news release, comparing the open source platform to the free software computer operating system released in the early 1990s.
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