The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Stanford University and edX, the nonprofit MOOC provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give open access to the free software platform for MOOCs that they have developed together.
EdX has long said it would make the software it built to power its MOOCs freely available to anyone as an open-source package. And Stanford was working on Class2Go, its own free software for online courses. Now the two software teams will work together and focus on developing a single platform.
In addition, EdX has just introduced a system for automated essay grading and will make its automated software available free on the Web to any institution that wants to use it. Although automated grading systems for multiple-choice and true-false tests are now widespread, the use of artificial intelligence technology to grade essay answers has not yet received widespread endorsement by educators and has many critics.
Source: New York Times, April 5, with further links to the discussion pro and con automated essay grading.