The free online courses will be designed by human rights and education experts from across Amnesty International and will be launched in Fall 2015 on the edX platform. India is home to the largest population of edX learners outside of the United States with about 450,000 learners from India. This will be the first MOOC ever provided by Amnesty International
EdX the online learning platform, has recently tied up with Amnesty International with the aim of establishing the world’s largest online platform for human rights education globally. Together, edX and Amnesty International will offer the very first online courses from Amnesty International’s global human rights experts.
Amnesty International will offer a series of MOOCs over the next several years, starting in Fall 2015.
“From the seasoned activist who wants to learn more about human rights, to the technology entrepreneur whose interest has been piqued by the surveillance and privacy debate these new courses will have something for everyone,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“EdX and Amnesty International are closely aligned in our shared mission to increase educational opportunities worldwide”, said Anant Agarwal, CEO edX and MIT professor. “For this reason, we are honoured to play a key part in providing high quality human rights education to learners across the globe. We hope that our global platform, with more than 4 million people from every country in the world, will be an ideal place for the organization to amplify its message of justice for all.”
Amnesty International is canvassing opinion from potential subscribers to the course about their learning preferences, through an online survey . Its experts on human rights and education will use this information as they design and deliver the courses.