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How to Create an edX Course

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There is a new version of edX101 available

We are pleased to announce a new version of edX101 available on The course can be found here.

About This Course

In November, 2012, the New York Times Declared 2012 to be "The Year of the MOOC". The excitement has yet to die down: everyone has been talking about the future of learning and the transformative power of this new medium. Students from all over the world have written into the course forums with awe and gratitude.

EdX101 is designed specifically to help you, the course author, harness the intrinsic strengths of this new vehicle for learning while walking you through the mechanics of creating your own course. By the time you have completed edX101, you will also have completed the entire process of planning, building, and running your own course. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to interact with other faculty and course staff using the edX101 discussion forum, and to share ideas and collaborate using the wiki. Unlike most edX courses, this course has no exams, grades, or fixed schedule.

Note To register for edX101, you will have to create an account for (edX's domain for experimental online courses) even if you already have an login. To do so, click "sign up". Once you have successfully signed up, you will need to come back to this page (you cannot get to it by clicking the "find courses" button).


No prerequisites. Experience teaching an on-campus course is a plus.

Course staff

Anant Agarwal

President of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focus is in parallel computer architectures and cloud software systems, and he is a founder of several successful startups, including Tilera, a company that produces scalable multicore processors. Prof. Agarwal won MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching and co-authored the course textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.”

Grace Lyo

Grace Lyo is the primary author for edX101 and a program manager for all rerun courses, Seoul National University, and Kyoto University. Her background is in theoretical mathematics: after receiving her bachelor's degree at Harvard and her PhD at UC Berkeley, she held a faculty-level position for several years in the MIT mathematics department. In 2007 she also won the Clay Liftoff Fellowship, an honor awarded to only 16 new mathematics PhDs across the nation.

Grace began teaching as a calculus TA during her sophomore year of college, and has always received stellar evaluations and accolades: one course administrator remarked that he frequently received emails from would-be students complaining that her course was full. She is excited to be at the front lines of this new movement in education and to work with universities as they transform their campuses.

Piotr Mitros

As Chief Scientist at edX and one of its co-founders, Piotr Mitros is charged with developing and applying technology to optimize the learning process. His teaching experience around the world has given him a unique perspective on education. As a graduate student, Mitros took breaks from his thesis to spend time teaching in China, working in India, and facilitating educational technology projects in Nigeria. His observations of university systems in the developing world inspired Mitros to find innovative ways to dramatically increase access to education. Following a stint in industry as an analog designer, most recently at start-up Rhythmia Medical where he designed the analog front end for a novel medical imaging modality, Mitros returned to MIT to help lead the creation of the original MITx platform. He brings a broad interdisciplinary background that combines teaching, engineering, computer science, and math, and has been interested in teaching and education since he was a child. Mitros enjoys making things -- curtains, bicycle parts, electronics, furniture, and speakers. Mitros holds a B.S. in Math and Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Engineering in EECS, and a Ph.D. in EECS, all from MIT.

Rob Rubin

Vice President of Engineering. Rob Rubin has been building infrastructures of Internet companies since 1995. (He’s been collecting books on mathematical puzzles and baseball for even longer.) As Vice President of Engineering at Carbonite (IPO 2011), a leading provider of online backup and cloud-based applications, he was responsible for a massively scalable infrastructure, and hyper-productive, flourishing scrum teams. He is the founder of Vopinion, an innovative website where people can discover and debate issues important in their local town. Rubin has taught in the United States and Israel, and has co-developed patents for computer applications tools. At edX, Rubin leads a team of engineers and developers who are responsible for building and providing the open platform technology behind edX, and for launching edX courseware. Rubin holds a B.A. in Computing Science from Columbia University, a Sc.M. in Computer Science from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. He is an avid gardener and has a particular affection for Raleigh Twenty folding bikes, often seen riding his single-speed in and around town.

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