Open Collaboration of OfficeMix and edX
OfficeMix has been offered to educators for quite a while, but we’ll like to say that this strategy makes it different. Open source brings open collaboration, edX offers open source codes and open data, to leverage that openness is a brilliant business strategy.
A new partnership between Microsoft OfficeMix.
Both companies want to democratize the creation of online lectures and courses and make them super simple to access. Together EdX and Microsoft are making it easy to create online courses authored with Office Mix and experienced through edX.org.
EdX hosts a web portal at www.edx.org for online education, and also sponsors Open edX—an open source initiative for developers to create a next-generation online learning platform and bring quality education to students around the world.
Many faculty use PowerPoint slides as the basis of their lectures for edX. But creating videos, updating and revising them and adding interactive elements to lectures can be time consuming.
With Office Mix, educators can easily produce videos and online lectures for edX that deliver an engaging experience to students, with support for audio and video recordings, screen captures, hyperlinks and digital ink.Additionally, Office Mix and edX are partnering on the following initiatives:
- Development of an XBlock component for Office Mix that allows educators to embed mix lectures hosted on OfficeMix.com directly into an edX course. Students will be able to view the mixes natively on edX.org
- Open sourcing of the Office Mix XBlock component for distribution on GitHub. Open edX deployments will be able to reuse or modify the Office Mix XBlock for their needs
- A commitment to interoperability as edX further extends and evolves the XBlock architecture.
Because Office Mix requires PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft will distribute PowerPoint 2013 180-day free trials to educators building edX courses.
Another example is this 1st integration of Open Badges on Open edX.