Wits partnership set to transform online, on-campus learning

Wits is the first African university to join the edX global community of educators and learners.

FILE: The University of the Witwatersrand. Picture: www.joburg.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - A partnership between the University of the Witwatersrand and edX, a premier research institution founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, is set to change higher learning as we know it.

Wits is the first African university to join the global community of educators and learners.

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.

The edX community throughout Africa, already more than 200,000 learners strong, will now have access to courses from a top university.

The total number of students pursuing higher education in Africa has tripled from 1991 to 2006, but public investment in education remains the same, compelling Wits to join over 60 global universities, colleges and institutions that make up edX's academic body.

"This pioneering, innovative project spearheaded by Wits, will indeed unlock new opportunities in South Africa and through the rest of the continent," said Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University.

"We are still developing the course content but students from around the world will be able to access our international expertise in a variety of fields ranging from economics and law to deep level mining and the palaeosciences."

Wits courses (WitsX) will be open for enrollment on edx.org towards the end of 2015.

A special edX certificate is issued when a course or module has been successfully completed.