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IndonesiaX provides free online courses from HarvardX


    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 2, 2016   /  04:47 pm
IndonesiaX provides free online courses from HarvardX IndonesiaX continues to add programs with local teaching assistants who will interact freely with participants via a discussion forum in Bahasa Indonesia. (Shutterstock/-)

IndonesiaX, a massive open online course platform, has launched an online course in which materials are developed by HarvardX.  

The course, titled “Contract law: From trust to promise to contract”, is delivered in video format by Professor Charles Fried of Harvard Law School.  

Professor Fried is one of the world’s renowned experts in the field of contractual law and has been teaching in the Harvard Law School for nearly 50 years, and has also written a lot of studies about contracts.

 Professor Fried uses a storytelling approach to deliver his material, which gives his students a unique and interesting experience.  

The course videos are presented in English, however to ensure that every IndonesiaX course participants gets the same opportunity to learn, the platform provides an Indonesian translation.

Professor Fried’s course is a continuation of IndonesiaX and edX’s partnership. The latter is the pioneer of the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) initiated by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.

“The free online courses in are created to democratize education in Indonesia. Whoever, wherever throughout Indonesia can learn from the best teachers from the best universities and companies in Indonesia as well as abroad to develop their knowledge and life skills,” IndonesiaX president director Lucy Mangoendipoero Pandjaitan said in a press release as quoted by on Monday.

IndonesiaX’s learning management system (LMS) is specifically designed for Indonesians and presented in Bahasa Indonesia. Since its launch on August 17 last year, the platform has garnered more than 60,000 online course participants for the 10 available courses.

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IndonesiaX continues to add programs with local teaching assistants who will interact freely with participants via a discussion forum in Bahasa Indonesia. The verbatim transcripts in Bahasa Indonesia are also available for download, free of charge.

Another MOOC launched today is from the Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS) titled Supply Chain Management delivered by Professor Nyoman Pujawan, who is the first professor in the supply chain engineering in Indonesia with certifications from APICS, USA as a CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional).  

Aside from the ITS MOOC, IndonesiaX is also producing three other MOOCs; one from Airlangga University (Unair), titled "Human Capital: tips in maintaining prime health", the Rumah Perubahan-presented "The art of startup" and one from University of Indonesia (UI), “Disaster management”.  Registration for the three courses is open from Monday.

“IndonesiaX is trying to put Ki Hadjar Dewantara’s message into life: everyone is a teacher and every house is a school. Isn’t that a ubiquitous education phenomenon in today’s digital era?” said Prof. Mohammad Nuh from the ITS Engineering Faculty, who is one of IndonesiaX’s advisory council members.

The launch of MOOC HarvardX and ITS will be followed up by MOOCs from other universities and well-known companies. 

IndonesiaX is currently partnered with UI, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjadjaran University, Unair, ITS, Universitas Terbuka, Rumah Perubahan, Indonesia Stock Exchange and NET TV.  

Free online courses are available on the website (asw)

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