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Online learning platforms like EdX are becoming very popular these days. EdX is one of the most popular websites that provides such Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). These courses are open to all without any restrictions on time or on other requirements. This is the most flexible way to continue your education online.
EdX uses Office Mix to create richer content for their online courses
Reportedly, EdX is using Microsoft Office Mix to make their online content richer making the online sessions more interactive. Office Mix is a specially designed add-in for MS PowerPoint, using which the authors can add more content to the presentation like a voice recording, video, interactive data analytics charts and so on.
Such Office tools from Microsoft help the educators create quality presentations that really grab the attention of the students and keep them focused on the presentation throughout its duration. In fact, holding on to the attention of the students throughout the presentation is one of the main challenges most online educators face today.
Office Mix allows the recording of voice or video directly to the PowerPoint presentation file. This tool makes it easier for the educators to insert contents like data analysis charts, screen captures, poll data, quizzes, screen recordings, etc into the slides. Also, they will get options to manage these contents across different slides and animation settings.
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EdX is partnering with Microsoft to make their PowerPoint presentations and online lectures more fun and interesting to their students. The latest Office technology solutions from Microsoft help them achieve these goals. In fact, reportedly, Microsoft is providing EdX educators a free trial version of the latest PowerPoint 2013 version for 180 days. This will help them develop quality online lectures using the Office Mix plug-in on PowerPoint 2013 and see the benefits for themselves.
The main benefit of using Office Mix plug-in is that you can easily add and manage the rich media content on these contents from the PowerPoint presentation itself. For example, with the installation of Office Mix plug-in, you can easily add and edit video snippets in the presentation to make it more interesting to the students.
EdX’s partnership with Microsoft is certainly beneficial to the online students, since EdX is an open source platform available to everyone for free. Let us hope that Microsoft’s partnership with EdX continues and that their students get quality online lectures created using the latest Microsoft Office technology.
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