The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today it will start to offer social and economic development courses via edX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The IDB becomes the first organization specialized in Latin America and the Caribbean to create courses through the highly reputable and innovative online educational platform.
By joining edX, the IDB will extend its online and face-to-face course offerings on development issues to a much wider audience of public officials, policy players and others in the region and abroad.
The IDB’s platform will be called IDBx and will be available at edX.org.
“We are extremely excited to join forces with edX. Our partnership is a natural one, where the IDB shares its expertise and knowledge on development issues and edX its experience offering courses through its cutting edge and heavily used open source platform”, said Federico Basañes, Manager of Knowledge and Learning of the IDB.
“We are pleased to welcome the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to the edX community," said Anant Agarwal, edX president. “We support the IDB's work to improve the lives of people in developing countries. Working with the IDB, we look forward to creating high-quality online courses that will engage and challenge millions of learners around the world."
The IDB’s first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to be offered through edX include “Managing for Development Results in subnational governments” and “Better Pensions, Better Jobs”, both with an emphasis in Latin America and the Caribbean. These courses will be offered in Spanish at first. IDB specialists are building most courses while others will be developed in partnership with leading universities in the Americas.
To date, the IDB has trained public officials through the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), founded in 1994. INDES offers highly rated online and face-to-face courses, as well as open educational resources. This is the first time the Bank will offer MOOCs, a space where the IDB will continue to invest over time.
EdX offers online courses from the 32 global institutions of higher education that comprise the xConsortium, along with a diverse group of leading organizations around the world that also contributes courses to edx.org. EdX is focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research on an open source platform. Based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on people, not profit.