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The University has announced a new development in its Digital Education Strategy: a partnership with edX which means that, as from today, people can start to enrol for its first massive open online course.

Blavatnik school of government

As part of the agreement between the University of Oxford and edX, a leading nonprofit online learning destination, Oxford will offer a massive open online course (MOOC) from February 2017.

Professor Sarah Whatmore, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, said: 'This collaboration will build capacity for the design and delivery of a range of other online education experiences as the University progresses its Digital Education Strategy. Oxford already has a strong reputation for delivering open educational resources that are used by students, academics and the public worldwide.'

Professor Anne Trefethen, the University Chief Information Officer and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Gardens, Libraries and Museums, said: 'We are delighted to partner with edX and believe we have much to learn from each other as we explore further the potential of technology-enhanced learning.'

The first MOOC course, ‘From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development’, is freely available for enrolment on It will be led by Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. The course will examine the vital role that governments play in boosting economic development through video lectures, case studies, comparative analysis and a range of other learning activities. The MOOC is aimed at anyone with an interest in economic development, from university students and people working in government and NGOs, through to education and business professionals, and active and engaged citizens who are passionate about the development of their countries. Enrolment opens today, and participants need no specific academic qualifications.

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