DoaneX marks start of new partnership with edX

DoaneX and EdX logos

A strategic focus on innovation and globalization has led Doane University to become the newest member of the edX global partner community. EdX is a non-profit online learning and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, founded in 2012 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard, and governed by its partner institutions. EdX’s global partner network is comprised of more than 130 institutions including MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services that share the mission of offering free educational access to students across the globe.

Doane’s edX online courses and programs will live under the moniker DoaneX on edX.org.

DoaneX, the newest addition to the online enterprise of Doane University, will provide Doane courses-- some free, and some tuition-bearing-- to students worldwide, in partnership with some of the top-ranked comprehensive research universities via a consistent online learning platform.

The first DoaneX program to launch is a Professional Certificate program in Lifestyle Medicine, involving therapeutic use of lifestyle and diet in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related chronic disease, a program which will provide health care professionals around the world with continuing medical education. Enrollment is open today and information is available on the Lifestyle Medicine program page.

Professional Certificate programs on edX are a series of courses designed to build and enhance critical professional skills needed to succeed in today’s most in-demand fields, such as Lifestyle Medicine. Plans are in the works to add other credential programs on edX in the healthcare field as well as other courses in the near future.

"Both edX and Doane University are committed to increasing access to high quality education to learners everywhere, and we are thrilled to welcome them to our global partner community," said edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal. "Our 14 million-plus global learners will greatly benefit from the offerings available from Doane on edX, including a Professional Certificate program the in-demand field of Lifestyle Medicine."

“We are thrilled to be part of edX,” said Doane University President Jacque Carter. “Doane’s association with edX brings with it new opportunities to serve students internationally. We are committed to the value of campuses on a human scale and nimble in our ability to adapt to market-driven educational needs of students around the world. We are confident that our contributions will impact the edX learner community in a positive way,” said Carter. 

While many edX courses are tuition-free, students who want to complete a degree, such as a MicroMasters program or a Professional Certificate, often enroll in a member edX university and pay tuition to obtain a degree or certificate. Doane’s affiliation with edX provides a link between Doane and edX’s 14 million students, a number expected to double in the coming year. While students may never set foot on a Doane campus or even come to the United States, they can benefit from an online, degree-leading program of study provided through DoaneX, regardless of their location on the globe.

For example, because of Doane’s edX partnership, credits earned through MITx can now be transferred to Doane where students can complete an MBA with an emphasis in supply chain management, Carter explained.

Leading up to the edX partnership was a series of conversations between Doane leaders and edX leaders and affiliates, coupled with a focus on updating Doane’s online courses into cutting-edge, state-of-the-art experiences for students.

“Our Doane Online courses went through many iterations before our team was satisfied that our product would represent Doane in the best way possible as the right place for anyone seeking online education,” said Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Online and Adult Operations Andrea Butler.

Last April, Butler completed a portfolio with sample courses for review by edX. The Doane leadership team worked closely with the edX Partner Acquisition Team through the process of membership review.

During the process, there was also productive conversation between Doane leaders and edX leaders attending the same inaugural Planetary Health Alliance held at Harvard University last year.

“Our edX partnership came about mainly because of our focus over the past few years of upping the quality and relevance of our online courses,” said Carter. “The recognition by edX of Doane’s substantial capabilities in this arena speaks volumes about the hard work and outstanding leadership on the part of our online administrators and faculty. I see this as an opportunity for Doane to partner with some of the nation’s top research universities in serving a broader spectrum of students, growing Doane’s reputation and reach.”

The fact that Doane Online already provided high quality Prerequisites for Health Professionals online courses to students in 48 states established Doane as a leader in the online learning space.  Doane’s new association with edX now makes Doane increasingly relevant to students seeking a path to a health career by linking resources from more than one university, according to Butler.

“It’s a proud moment for Doane that we were invited to join edX,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Savory. “It is a real tribute to the talent of our instructional designers, technologists and faculty that we are there--a small university doing big things on a global stage. The future is very bright.”

“I see our edX membership not only as a smart business decision, but also a boost to Doane’s global growth and its academic reputation,” said Carter. “We are serious about reaching out past the borders of Nebraska, and even past national borders in welcoming new students to Doane.”

More information about edX is available at www.edx.org.