Due to COVID-19, the world of classroom education is suspended. Social distancing is the new norm. Professors and their students are learning and teaching remotely. Every institution has put in place its own mechanism of combating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, global universities such as Harvard University, MIT, and UC Berkeley have agreed to join forces and offer their teaching and learning content for free to students around the world during the lockdown. They did this through a new initiative launched by edX Inc. called the Open Remote Access Program (ORAP). The main objective is to support global students during this difficult time. The ORAP program offers free access to a catalog of content. Students at participating colleges and universities such as SIMAD University students will have the opportunity to enroll in these courses for free through June 30, 2020.
SIMAD University becomes the first and, as of this writing, the only Somali university to be accepted into the ORAP program. This gives SIMAD University students or alumni access to programs available at these elite universities through edX. The university, through its Institute of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (IITE Institute), will distribute 5,000 free access codes to SIMAD Family. Each code is worth up to $150. This is part of making the lockdown less painful.
Why the ORAP?
- Free: for students of participating universities such as SIMAD University. Free access to select courses available through June 30, 2020,
- High-Quality, Relevant Content: Choose from the most popular offerings on edX.org and in the topics most in-demand in academia. Courses in data analytics, business, computer science, engineering, and more from subject matter experts.
- Build your Online Course Catalog: Easily expand and add new skills to your resume during the lockdown, and
- Stay Active and Engaged: Beat the stress of COVID-19. And with 54 different assessment types, you can be confident you’ll stay engaged and always learning.
The following edX global partner universities have accepted to be part of ORAP initiative and make their course contents available for free:
- Harvard University,
- Microsoft, and