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edX.org has added a new profile view in order to allow learners to tell others about themselves, as shown in the capture above.

The student is able to choose a “full profile” mode, add a picture, pick a country and a language and write a little text about himself. If he selects “limited profile” it will remain as it is now, and only his username will be displayed.

Does your college post lectures on YouTube?

Don’t expect massive audiences, unless you run a very successful MOOC on edX… or you are Professor Marian Diamond.

Her “General Human Anatomy” lecture, filmed in 2005, has drawn almost one million views.

She shows her passion for teaching with only the help of an old-fashioned blackboard.

EdX has quietly launched an upgraded version of its “Creating a Course with edX Studio” tutorial.

This one-to-two hour-long course has been designed to teach instructors how to best use edX’s Studio authoring tool.

The course includes 16 videos and is available on edX’s app for iOS and Android devices.

“This course is ideal for course authors and course teams interested in uncovering the nuts and bolts of building an edX course. We will cover everything you need to know to successfully create your first course on the edX platform,” say their creators, Raphael Valenti, Mark Rudnick and James Donald.

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EdX has announced a new version of its mobile app for iPhone’s iOS (the version 1.0.4) and Android (version 1.0.08). This app gives access to more than 200 courses that are built to be mobile friendly.

The main feature of the app is the ability to download videos and watch them without an Internet connection.

The new iOS version allows for account registrations and course enrollments.

IMS Global, the leading education technology standard nonprofit organization, announced the IMS Digital Credentialing initiative to establish digital badges as common currency for K-20 schools and corporate education.

IMS Digital Credentialing will investigate and expand the reach of the Open Badge Standard, while exploring new models.

“I’m very pleased that IMS Global will be building from and contributing to the work we have supported on Open Badges,” said Dr. Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

IMS Global is seeking to form a group of IMS Digital Credentialing charter members. Interested institutions, corporations and suppliers are invited to attend the upcoming IMS Learning Impact Leadership Institute in Atlanta, GA May 4-7 or contact the team at imsbadges@imsglobal.org

This is a big deal.

EdX has partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to create Global Freshman Academy (GFA), a disruptive initiative that will offer full university freshman level courses for credit on edX.org. “This a unique way to start your undergraduate education,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO.

The Global Freshman Academy is designed to allow incoming and returning freshmen as well as educators and lifelong learners to take courses and finish university in less time, while earning ASU credit in a cost-effective way.

Students find the available credit-bearing courses and enroll at edX.org/gfa. They get university credit and pay for it only if they successfully pass the courses. No transcript submission or application process is required in order to earn credit. See how it works in the video above.

Upcoming Global Freshman Academy courses are:

There is also a self-paced, orientation course to introduce learners, teachers, and higher education leaders to the Global Freshman Academy.

Read: MOOCs for (a Year’s) Credit on the Chronicle of Higher Education

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The 2015 edX Global Forum will be held on November 8-10 in Washington DC, with Georgetown University as the venue host.

The event, intended for edX’s partners and member organizations, will start with a reception for all partners on the evening of Sunday, November 8, and will follow with two full days of conference activities on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10. It will be the fifth partners’ meeting. Last year’s was hosted in Boston University’s campus.

This year’s Open edX event will take place simultaneously in the Boston area. No dates have been announced either.

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Edx.org professional, fee-based education courses are being revamped with new additions coming from Microsoft and the University of British Columbia.

  • Windows PowerShell Fundamentals. This course about managing Windows-based servers offers the opportunity to earn a certificate demonstrating competency which can be added to a resume or job application. It begins on April 14th and costs $200.

This Professional Education Program was designed in 2014 to offer busy professionals a flexible, affordable and impactful way to build skills and advance their careers without having to leave their offices or homes. Since then, hundred of learners have completed them. In total, there are eight courses.